Dreger said, St. Louis still makes a lot of sense to me because in starting the research that we do here for deadline day which was around six weeks ago, the message I got from the coaching staff was that their concern was the depth of their forwards, not the high end guys and Ryan Callahan would fit into that as a top-nine player. If you can acquire Ryan Callahan for Chris Stewart and a draft pick, that is a pretty good add going into the playoffs as long as you are not focused soley on what it will take to pull Ryan Miller out of the Buffalo Sabres....I think St. Louis is a primary contender."
- Stewart and the Blues have been consistently mentioned as part of a Callahan deal.
Dave Hodge then said, "here is the trouble in my mind with trading for Ryan Callahan. 1) if you have intentions to sign him long term, the concern is what you are going to have to pay. The concern is that if you get him as a rental he might block a shot and then doesn't play much for you."
Dreger adds, "what is it gonna cost to get him long term....there is no reason at this stage or at any point before July 1 for him to soften off of his number which is upwards of $7 million per year. I can't imagine, and as much as I can appreciate and respect the type of player is, I can't imagine that there is a team out there who will give him close to $7 million per year....it's not worth it."
Hodge then said, "you are paying for all the intangibles which is great but he is a player who is as likely to get hurt as any player that I can mention...intangibles on the injured list don't amount to much."