Martin St. Louis-Ryan Callahan trade probably won't happen

Tampa Bay Lightning right winger Martin St. Louis reacts after Pittsburgh Penguins scored a goal....

Tampa Bay Lightning right winger Martin St. Louis reacts after Pittsburgh Penguins scored a goal. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

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, Last Updated: 11:44 PM ET

A possible trade between the New York Rangers and Tampa Bay Lightning featuring both teams' captains likely won't happen.

Rangers general manager Glen Sather has been shopping pending free-agent forward Ryan Callahan this season and was interested in Lightning captain Martin St. Louis in early January after he was left off the Canadian Olympic squad, according to the New York Post.

However, the Post reported Tampa Bay GM Steve Yzerman has no interest in dealing his top scorer.

The Rangers have been unable to re-sign Callahan, as both sides are far apart in contract negotiations.

Callahan is allegedly seeking a seven-year deal at $6.75 million annually while the Rangers are countering with five years and roughly $6 million per year.

St. Louis, who was added to the Canadian Olympic men's hockey team after teammate Steven Stamkos was ruled out due to a leg injury, met with Yzerman and club owner Jeff Vinik separately after being initially bypassed by his own GM.

STAMKOS EYES EARLY MARCH

Steven Stamkos is targeting early March for his return from a broken leg.

The Tampa Bay Lightning sniper said Monday he is circling March 6 against the Buffalo Sabres.

"It did feel good (Feb. 5), but it feels even better now," Stamkos told reporters. "Maybe I wasn't as far along as I thought, knowing how much better it has felt now that I have kept working on it and taking a couple of days off. It's just going to continually get better and that's positive knowing it's doing that."

Stamkos injured his leg crashing into the goalpost while backchecking during a game against the Boston Bruins on Nov. 11. He had surgery the next day.

He was unable to participate in the Olympic hockey tournament for Canada after a CT scan performed Feb. 5 showed his leg had not fully healed.

"I think if you were to ask him if he could play right now he would definitely say he could," Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. "There were a lot of times he said he was OK but you could tell he was feeling the effects of some pain. I don't see that anymore. Time is healing the wound."

WORRIES OVER TIRED JAGR

New Jersey Devils head coach Peter DeBoer is worried veteran forward Jaromir Jagr may slow down as the end of the season nears.

"You worry about it for sure," DeBoer told the Newark Star-Ledger. "He got back on Thursday, so we gave him Friday, Saturday and Sunday off. I'm probably more worried about it that him. When you speak to him about it, he sees it as a non-issue and his play seems to have backed that up."

Czech Jagr, forwards Patrik Elias and Damien Brunner, and defenceman Marek Zidlicky all returned from the Sochi Winter Olympics injury-free.

"I think our schedule should help him," DeBoer said of the 42-year-old. "We're not overloaded the last 23 games, although we have six or seven back-to-backs left. You worry about it."

BRIEFLY

Although a formality, the New York Islanders placed star centre John Tavares on injured reserve Monday after he suffered a knee injury at the Sochi Olympics. The Isles called up forwards Mike Halmo, Anders Lee and Ryan Strome on an emergency basis ... Nashville Predators' Pekka Rinne is one step closer to returning from surgery to treat a hip infection as doctors have allowed the goalie to increase his physical activity in practice ... Nashville Predators recalled forward Simon Moser from the Milwaukee Admirals of the AHL on Monday ... Calgary Flames recalled centre Markus Granlund from the AHL affiliate in Abbotsford.


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