Buzz: Rangers gathering intel on Chris Stewart

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.




11 comments
Jarred Kirzner
Jarred Kirzner

Man thats exactly what we need right now besides a number one center. Size, skill, faster, stronger and can fight and younger! Stewart and a prospect and see ya later (although we love ya) Cally!

Ed Zambrano
Ed Zambrano

Callahan would be a perfect fit on the Blues.

Steven
Steven

I like Stewart a lot as a big body and someone who can learn a lot from Nash like bigb22 said. I also like the fact that he would be better suited to a AV type of system. I think Stewart plus a 1st round or higher level prospect for Cally is defintiely a worth while deal. As the days pass I am less optimistic that Cally will be in Rangers blue next season.

Robert Moretti
Robert Moretti

I don't see how this trade makes sense for the blues at all.

georgexvx
georgexvx

I hate the idea of trading Cally but another big body that can score isn't an idea that i hate. He can learn a ton from Nash. He can find himself a lot of open ice with all our play makers. I think something else would need to come with him though to make this trade happen. A prospect or a pick or something.

bigb22
bigb22

I don't hate it.  I don't see what is "awful" or a "disaster"...  this is in the context of "Give Cally a 7 year contract or he walks for nothing this summer".  The worst things that can happen are 1) we give him an overpaid 7 year deal and 2) we let him walk for nothing, so a trade is a better option than either if he won't take a reasonable contract.  By the numbers, this deal isn't bad:


Cally: .293 PPG, .562 GPG, 5’10 , 190 lbs, 28 yrs old
KS: .309 PPG, .611 GPG, 6’2, 228 lbs, 26 yrs old, one more year at $4.1m


And yes, I would trade Cally PLUS other assets for Tarasenko, Adam.


Adam Rabinowitz
Adam Rabinowitz

If we trade Callahan, and I still would be shocked if that happens, Schwartz or Tarsenko better be in deal.

Kevin
Kevin

I'd throw Girardi in if there was any chance of getting Shattenkirk out of St Louis.  I don't think there is a chance of that; but if they're shopping Girardi at all or don't think they can resign him, I would highly consider a package of both for young NHLers with high ceilings.  


The Blues do have a lot of depth at RW and could afford to trade both Tarasenko and Stewart if they got a wing back, because they have a bunch in the organization.  Just as a point of interest.  Callahan would definitely fit the Hitchcock system (and for that matter Girardi too) while a player like Stewart and Tarasenko would thrive in AV's system (and since I'm still dreaming Shattenkirk would thrive as well).  


I'll stop over valuing the Rangers players now and stop playing GM.