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Sather Committed to Trading Callahan/Girardi If Not Signed By Trade Deadline

According to Larry Brooks at the New York Post, Glen Sather is believed committed to dealing Ryan Callahan and/or Dan Girardi if unsigned to a contract extension by the trade deadline.

Brooks adds that Mats Zuccarello's hand injury, unless more severe than initially reported, will not have an impact on the Rangers decision making process on Callahan and Girardi.

The NHL roster freeze expires at midnight on Sunday night, with the trade deadline scheduled for March 5th.

…if Zuccarello is lost for at least three weeks and the Rangers trade Callahan they are literally left with Rick Nash as their only legit right winger. So I'm not so sure the Norwegian's injury isn't giving Sather a moment of pause, especially if he feels the Rangers have a serious chance of getting out of the wide open Eastern Conference.

…while i don't think Zuccarello's situation is enough for Sather to completely cave into Callahan's ridiculous demands, it might force him to go a little higher than he anticipated. It's not every year you find yourself in a position for a real possibility at the Stanley Cup. Got to take advantage of the times it presents itself.

…with the likely return of Dorsett from his foot injury after the Olympics, the Rangers don't necessarily need to make a roster move to replace Zuccarello, but unless we want to see Carcillo skating on a line with Pouliot and Brassard, I think recalling Miller would be the smart decision.

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