On the heels of the Columbus Blue Jackets interest in obtaining Ryan Callahan, Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch reports that Rangers' pro scout Gilles Leger was at Nationwide Arena to scout the Blue Jackets/Panthers game last night.
Portzline adds that another Rangers pro scout, Rick Kehoe, was there on Thursday, but is often seen at the arena.
…if Columbus truly is interested in Callahan, then it makes sense that Rangers scouts are attending their games.
…i won't even try to humor you by stating the Rangers could be interested in bringing back any of the plethora of former players currently part of the Blue Jackets organization. I also have to assume Johansen (4th overall in 2010), Murray (2nd overall in 2012) and Horton are untouchable.
…just looking at the remainder of Columbus' roster I'm not exactly excited about what I'm seeing and their list of prospects is neither long nor distinguished. Maybe a package of 20-year old center Boone Jenner or Cam Atkinson along with first and second round picks would work? Or if Sather thinks he might have problems re-signing Girardi or Stralman, defenseman Jack Johnson along with picks could be an option.
…or who knows, maybe the Rangers were scouting someone on the Panthers.
Meanwhile, Katie Strang at ESPN.com notes that scouts from Detroit, Montreal, San Jose and Tampa Bay were all in attendance for Friday night's Rangers/Islanders game.
…i wouldn't necessarily say they were all on hand to watch Callahan, because the last time I checked, the Islanders were pretty much out of the playoff hunt and have a valuable UFA in Vanek.
Finally, a team most thought would be a major contender for Callahan's services, the Buffalo Sabres, are, as of right now, not shopping for him, according to John Vogl at the Buffalo News.
…this is somewhat surprising since Callahan is a Rochester boy, but at the same time, the Sabres look to be in rebuild mode, so I'm not sure how giving up draft picks and prospects while handing out a long term, lucrative contract helps them do that.