NHL Daily Links - Feb. 7
February, 7, 2014
By Victoria Matiash | ESPN.com
With mere hours left before the pre-Olympic roster freeze goes into effect (3 pm ET Friday), all appears relatively quiet on the NHL trade front. Unless the Edmonton Oilers and Los Angeles Kings pull the trigger on a deal rumored to include forward Sam Gagner and forward Kyle Clifford, this season’s first unofficial trade deadline could pass without making much of a ripple.
For instance, there doesn't seem to be anything concrete in the works regarding Ryan Callahan. While there haven’t been any obvious “significant developments toward reaching a contract extension” with the New York Rangers, ESPN's own Katie Strang suggests Callahan isn't likely to be dealt before the freeze.
Furthermore, the New York Post reports the Rangers might actually net a better return for Dan Girardi than Callahan on the rental market. Contract talks with pending unrestricted free agent defenseman are also believed to be at a standstill.