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Rangers win, Callahan might not

Posted: 02/2/2014 1:00 AM | Comments: 0

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NEW YORK -- The Rangers went back indoors Friday night and stretched their little winning streak to three with a 4-1 victory over the Islanders in a rematch of Wednesday's Stadium Series game.

Though the Rangers have won 14 of 20 now, that's not really the story.

The cloud over the proceedings, which included a nice pre-game ceremony honouring Sam Rosen for his 30 years as voice of the Rangers, was the situation surrounding Ryan Callahan.

Multiple reports had the Rangers granting permission to several teams to talk to Callahan's agent, Steve Bartlett, as it became more apparent that Glen Sather will deal his captain. According to other reports, the Rangers want the Callahan dilemma resolved before the Olympic break, which means before the Olympic roster freeze begins Feb. 7.

"I'm here, my heart's here, I want to be here," Callahan said after the game. "So that's all I worry about on the ice."

Callahan, who will be 29 in March and an unrestricted free agent July 1, could fetch a much better return if he were to agree to a contract extension instead of being traded as a rental. If indeed he wants seven years and $42 million, the Rangers need to know before the March 5 trade deadline.

His history of injuries and drop in performance make the terms of such a deal impossible for the Rangers to swallow. Meanwhile, it appears Dan Girardi is close enough to the point where the team and the defenceman should be able to work out something before or after the deadline.

Steckel subs for Bonino

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Centre David Steckel has been recalled by the Anaheim Ducks after Nick Bonino was injured in their last game.

The NHL-leading Ducks added the veteran Steckel to their roster Saturday before their home game against the Dallas Stars.

Steckel has played in four games for Anaheim this season, spending most of his time with their AHL affiliate in Norfolk. He has played in 423 NHL games for four teams.

Bonino is the Ducks' third-leading scorer with 16 goals and 24 assists while playing in all 56 games during his breakout season.

The centre apparently injured his wrist in the first period of Anaheim's win over Philadelphia on Thursday. He played four shifts in the second period before going back to the dressing room.

Flyers' 13 shots enough

PHILADELPHIA -- Goalie Steve Mason played superbly, and former Kings right-winger Wayne Simmonds reached a milestone at the place where his fast-rising career started.

The two players keyed the Flyers' much-needed 2-0 victory over the Los Angeles Kings Saturday afternoon at the Staples Center.

It was just the Flyers' second win in their last seven games. The Kings suffered their eighth loss in nine games.

The Flyers equalled a franchise record for the fewest shots in a game, 13. It was the first time in their history they won a game with so few shots.

-- from the news services

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition February 2, 2014 B2

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