Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 3/4/14

9:20 a.m.: ESPN.com’s Pierre Le Brun (we’ll be hearing plenty from him in the next two days) has the latest on the Ryan Callahan situation. It certainly sounds as if the Rangers want to keep the captain in the mix. But could they have their eyes on another aforementioned American forward? While the Rangers' priority is obviously to resolve Callahan situation either way, am told they are also monitoring Ryan Kesler situation...— Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) March 04, 2014 9 a.m.: One of the best times of the NHL year is upon us, and the hot stove is certainly cranking as we approach the annual trade deadline. The NHL trade is Wednesday at 3 p.m. ET, which means there’s a little more than a day left for teams to improve their teams through trades. There’s yet to be a flurry of activity, and that means the next couple of days could be very interesting. The initial reports indicate the market is thin at the moment. There are a lot of teams who feel they’re still in contention for playoff spots, and with the lowered salary cap, it’s making it more difficult for buyers to make moves. Will those prices start to come down and make it easier for teams to start wheeling and dealing? Hopefully. Two of the biggest names who could be on the move are a pair of American forwards. Vancouver’s Ryan Kesler and New York’s Ryan Callahan have been some of the better-known names that have popped up in trade rumors. Callahan may end up staying in New York, though. He’s set to be a free agent at the end of the season, and it’s been a struggle to get him signed to a contract extension. Callahan reportedly backed off his demands for a seven-year contract and is now willing to accept a six-year deal, his agent has said. The Rangers will obviously try to re-up their captain — as they did with Dan Girardi — but if they can’t come to a deal in the next day, they’ll have a difficult decision to make. Kesler, meanwhile, reportedly asked for a trade out of Vancouver. Reports surfaced Tuesday that he was looking to be dealt to an American team. With the Canucks struggling mightily, this may be the time to deal a player like Kesler and shake things up. He’s got term left on his deal, so the price to acquire Kesler — one of the league’s best two-way forwards — will not be a small one. We’ll be all over the trade deadline right up until Wednesday afternoon, so be sure to check back in throughout the next couple of days for all of the latest.Filed under: NHL, NHL Trade Deadline, Top Stories

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