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This time of the season is definitely hectic for NHL clubs, as they make last minute trade decisions before locking in players for the remainder of the season. The latest trade rumors surrounding the New York Rangers are almost shocking. Ryan Callahan, the captain, and Dan Girardi, an alternate, could be on the chopping block.

Why would they want to trade the two most seemly important players? Ryan Callahan, a right-winger and top goal-scorer since his rookie year, has been slipping. Girardi, a clutch defenseman, has also not been performing up to his usual level of skill. Both are amazing players, but perhaps the Rangers need to see a change in the line up. But Callahan and Girardi alike, beloved by all Ranger fans, could be saying goodbye.

The Rangers team has been a top contender for a Stanley Cup, but still sitting in a 20-year drought. Who will the Rangers get? Rumor has it; Marty St. Louis could soon be skating on the Garden ice. Glenn Sather’s interest in signing St. Louis is obvious, but Steve Yzerman, general manager, isn’t sure he’s ready to sign away one of the best players Tampa Bay has ever had. But who knows for sure? At the NHL trade deadline, any free agent could be saying bittersweet goodbyes, and saying hello to a new club.

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