5:14PM: “Darren Dreger reported today that the Rangers are doing their due diligence today because it’s thought that St. Louis has interest in Ryan Callahan.” (Bob McKenzie on TSN Drive)
10:23AM: Teams in the Western Conference are suggesting that the Rangers are gathering intel on St. Louis Blues winger Chris Stewart (Darren Dreger)
Stewart, 26, is signed through next season at $4.15 million. (Cap Geek)
“Callahan for Stewart would be a sweet deal for the Blues.” (Dreger)
He has 15 goals and 10 assists this season in 52 games for St. Louis. Last season he had 18 goals and 18 assists in 48 games.
- 09-10: 28 goals, 36 assists in 77 games for Colorado
- 10-11: 28 goals, 25 assists in 62 games between Colorado and St. Louis
- 11-12: 15 goals, 15 assists in 79 games for St. Louis
- 12-13: 18 goals, 18 assists in 48 games for St. Louis
Stewart is 6-2, 231 pounds and has 65 hits this season and is averaging 13:32 per game.
Stewart is an interesting name for teams looking to make a trade but he is pricey at $4.15 million. (Craig Custance)
This season, Stewart had 0 goals in 10 October games, 5 in 15 November games, 8 in 14 December games and 2 in 13 January games.
Stewart has been “maddeningly inconsistent” this season and he says that he has gotten the message and knows he has to be better. (PHT)
Sports Forecast has Stewart projected to score 28 goals and 33 assists, saying “A prototypical power forward, Stewart was the Blues’ scoring leader and premier offensive threat last season. He is just too big for most to handle coming off the boards or planted in front of the net. As a five-year vet at the age of 25, he remains a franchise building block on the cusp of what should be his best years.”
Stewart has five fights this season. (Hockey Fights)
He is a player who is best suited to play an up-tempo system, something the Blues do not, doesn’t use his size as much as he should, sometimes doesn’t work as hard as he should and most of his goals this season have come against poor teams. (Randall Ritchey)
Adam Rotter: Stewart has size, something the Rangers want to add, skill and as a Western Conference player Alain Vigneault should be familiar with him. He seems like a guy who needs a change of scenery and could re-find his game in a new place. As for where Ryan Callahan fits into this, if he does at all, Stewart isn’t a bad return, and allows the Rangers to fill Callahan’s spot with an NHL player. We all want to see them get a large return, full of young players and prospects for their captain, but as a rental player the Rangers may not be able to get more than a guy like Stewart and maybe a draft pick or prospect.