NHL Trade Deadline Rumors, Preview: Callahan, Vanek, Kesler, St. Louis

Frank Doyle | Updated Oct 04, 2017

Martin St. Louis, Ryan Callahan

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By the time the NHL 2014 Trade Deadline rolls around at 3 p.m. EST on Wednesday, the landscape of the league may have changed drastically.

As usual, a couple of teams have already decided to get out in front of Wednesday’s madness with major moves already. The St. Louis Blues made a big splash by nabbing Ryan Miller and Steve Ott in exchange for Jaroslav Halak, Chris Stewart and a bunch of other moving parts.

With any luck, Friday’s deal was just the tip of the iceberg. Here’s a look at some of the other big names that could be swapping sweaters on Wednesday.

I’ll have a full NHL Trade Deadline Live blog for you beginning Wednesday morning, but here’s some of the early trade chatter.

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UPDATE: As usual, a bunch of teams got into the mix early with some pre-deadline deals. Here’s what happened Tuesday.

– The Anaheim Ducks traded Dustin Penner to the Washington Capitals on Pancake Tuesday for a fourth-round pick. That really ought to be a story in itself. The Ducks then swap that pick to Dallas for defenceman Stephane Robidas.

– The Edmonton Oilers moved Ilya Bryzgalov to Minnesota for a fourth-round pick and also pick up goalie Viktor Fasth from Anaheim for a fifth and a third round pick.

– Montreal picks up defenceman Mike Weaver from Florida for a 2015 fifth-round pick.

Ryan Callahan, New York Rangers

The Rangers’ captain says he wants to stay and the feeling is mutual, but is his asking price too high? A UFA at season’s end, he’s reportedly asking for more than $6 million per season over at least six years. That’s a huge contract for a guy with 25 points in 45 games this season to go along with a history of injuries. Latest is New York wants to figure this out by noon Tuesday, so the clock is ticking.

Possible destinations: Tampa Bay, Vancouver, Detroit, Buffalo

Thomas Vanek, New York York Islanders

Vanek has 21 goals and 53 points this season and is easily the most offensively gifted player rumored to be moved. That said, he was awful at the Olympics and says he wants to test the free agency market after the season. He’s a true rental.

Possibly destinations: Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, Boston, Montreal

Andrew MacDonald, New York Islanders

MacDonald is a smart defenceman who’s capable of playing more than 22 minutes a night, which means pretty much every team in the league would love to have the 27-year-old. With the Rangers re-signing Dan Girardi, MacDonald is one of the most coveted blue liners leading up to the deadline.

Possible destinations: Washington, Colorado, Montreal, Philadelphia

Matt Moulson, Buffalo Sabres

Moulson is a proven goal scorer who could fit in on a No. 1 centre’s wing for a lot of teams. Word has it Ottawa is interested in bringing him in to play with Jason Spezza, but the Sens certainly won’t be the only team interested in renting his services.

Possible destinations: Ottawa, Pittsburgh,

Chris Stewart, Buffalo Sabres

Stewart is another name that’s popped up in connection with Ottawa. He has size and nastiness to go along with a decent scoring tough but isn’t likely to be a part of Buffalo’s long-term plan.

Possible destinations: Ottawa, Boston, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia

 Jaroslav Halak, Buffalo Sabres

If you haven’t already figured it out, just about everybody is available in Buffalo.

Possible destinations: Minnesota, Winnipeg, Philadelphia, Dallas

Mike Cammalleri, Calgary Flames

The Flames have offered Cammalleri a contract extension, but it sounds as though he’s looking to move on to a team bound for the playoffs. With just 21 points this year, he needs a change of scenery.

Possible destinations: Pittsburgh, Detroit, Los Angeles

Ryan Kesler, Vancouver Canucks

Kesler says he doesn’t want to leave Vancouver, but everybody else in the hockey world thinks he’s on his way out. The Penguins are reportedly very interested.

Possible destinations: Pittsburgh, Dallas, Anaheim, Philadelphia

Martin St. Louis, Tampa Bay Lightning

If St. Louis ends up going anywhere, it will be to the New York Rangers. He has to waive his no-trade clause for any deal and only wants to play in New York if he’s leaving Tampa Bay.

Possible destinations: New York Rangers

Andrei Markov, Montreal Canadiens

Markov is an unrestricted free agent at the end of the year and could help a lot of teams on the blue line. The question here is what teams will ante up to pay a 35-year-old more than $5 million per season.

Possible destinations: Detroit, Vancouver, Philadelphia

Roberto Luongo, Vancouver Canucks

I know, I know, it’s the same old story in Vancouver. It’s probably pure speculation, but there’s talk of the Canucks sending Luongo to Florida again.

Possible destinations: Florida

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