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Dreger: Rangers doing homework on Chris Stewart

Per Darren Dreger, the Rangers are supposedly gathering intel on Blues right-wing Chris Stewart. It has been reported that Stewart is available, as his $4.15 million cap hit (this year and next) in relation to his production (hasn’t eclipsed 20 goals since 2009-2010, although his lockout year was a 30-goal pace) hasn’t been good value for the cap-floor budgeted Blues. It is worth noting that Stewart should hit 20 goals this year, as he has a line of 15-10-25 in 52 games so far.

Stewart’s peripherals: 49% CF, -5% CF rel %, 62.7% OZ starts (!!!), 27.7% ToTm QoC%, aren’t really impressive by any stretch. He’s also sporting a 103.7 PDO, which means he is due for a slump/regression to the mean soon. That said, Stewart is one of the best even-strength producers in the game, per George Ays.

Dreger is insinuating that the Rangers might look at dealing Ryan Callahan for Stewart. If it’s straight up, it is not a good deal for the Rangers. Slats is no fool with trades, but I’m hoping all he is doing is kicking the tires.

18 Responses to “Dreger: Rangers doing homework on Chris Stewart”

  1. Joe says:

    Not sure about the metrics, but stewart is big, mean, young and can score. Not quite Lucic…but closer than anyone we have.

  2. Steven Cifuentes says:

    I keep hearing we need alot in return for Cally. His UFA status knocks his value down alot.

    Straight up for Stewart would not be happy, but how much more do you expect for him. He is a rental at this point.

    • Centerman21 says:

      To trade Cally sooner rather than later gives him time to become close with the players on the new team and gives management time to work out a new contract with him. I doubt any team gives up a lot to get him unless they have an idea what he wants and that they will meet those demands. I like Stewart but not for Callahan. I doubt that’s what Sather is looking at sending to the Blues for him. Stewart got a new 2 year deal the Blues were not happy with and Stewart has largely underperformed this season as a whole. Even playing on the 4th line now. The Blues might give him up rather cheaply given how well they are playing and with the emergence of Alex Steen as their sniper. I would give up Hagelin for Stewart if that worked for them. Hags is a possession player and has healthy stats to boot. While not far off in goal production. That clears space for the Blues who don’t have much space against the upper limit of the salary cap

  3. Hatrick Swayze says:

    A motivated Chris Stewart is a monster. A big, tough, physically engaged winger who could be our version of Lucic/Okposo/Penner/Bickel. Unfortunately, it looks like he isn’t too defensively sound and is rumored to underwhelm at times.

    If AV can get Pouliot playing and producing like he has been, I’d love to see what he could get out of Stewart.

    • Puck Luck @Centerman21 says:

      I think Stewart would thrive in this game AV has the Rangers playing. Not sure what to give up for him but unless there’s a line of teams bidding for him. It shouldn’t include Cally. No more than Hagelin maybe. We could afford to take back 3 mil at the deadline where it’s said Sather will have 8 mil to improve the team how he or AV see fit. The only wrench in that plan is that the Rangers are playing their best hockey since 11/12. If a D can hit the puck carrier at his blue line. It’s a guarenteed odd man rush.

  4. Chris F says:

    No deal. Stewart’s production is no better than Callahan’s. They are similar players all things told. But Callahan is our captain. No offense to Stewart who is a fine player, but no thanks St. Louis.

    • Centerman21 says:

      Chris, I agree. I would never trade Cally for Stewart but there are players on the Rangers and in the system that I would. The contract he signed has become a burdon on the Blues. They might want to move him for prospects and picks to free up cap space before the trade deadline. As of right now the Blues have $1.6 mil in space. Projected to be $2.8 mil by the deadline. To rid themselves of Stewarts $4.150 mil for the rest of this year and next would go a long way if the want to make a deadline deal. They don’t want to take much salary back. Callahan makes the same amount so it’d be counter productive in that sense. I think he would play well in AV’s system and be a monster in front of the net at even strength and on the PP. He would get better than 4th line mins like he is in St. Louis and play an integral part on another winning team. He has disappointed in St louis where they thought he’d be the perennial 30+ goal scorer they needed at the time of the trade. Now that they have Steen locked up long term, Stewart is expendable. His size would go a long way for the Rangers top 9. I say get it done for as many draft picks as you can and a prospect if they like. The NYR may have as much as $8 mil in cap space to spend on improving the team.

  5. Erixon20 says:

    If Stewart is on the block, I wonder who else we can offer for him. I really think he’s a guy we can use. I’d be reluctant to trade Cally for him even up, but if it comes to that NYR would be a lot more well-rounded heading into playoffs with added toughness and offensive upside.

    • Chris A says:

      Just go through the list.

      Pouliot, Boyle, Dom Moore aren’t near enough to get this done

      Hags, Zucc, Nash, Kreider, Miller, Stepan the Rangers won’t and shouldn’t move

      Richards, immovable.

      That leaves Callahan and Brassard.

      Don’t know how excited I would be to move either player for Stewart

      • Dave says:

        Hagelin isn’t one of those guys the Rangers shouldn’t move. Same with Miller.

        • Dave says:

          I should say they aren’t untouchable. Movable in the right deal.

        • Hatrick Swayze says:

          Agree on Hagelin. I think Miller has been coming along nicely though. I’d like to see him stick around.

          Movable, yes, but I wouldn’t be trigger happy with him.

        • Puck Luck @Centerman21 says:

          What do you think gets Stewart here in NY. Who would you say the Blues would want that wouldn’t hamper this team too much. I agree Hagelin may be one of those guys. He hasn’t really been used by AV to his full potential. The Rangers could really use a big righty for the 2nd line. Is Stewart a good enough skater to keep up with our speed game? He would play down low on the PP and make the Rangers a pretty big team. If they have to include Miller in that deal. It almost certainly makes Sather have to find a Center in Free Agency.

  6. Walt says:

    Stewart for Callie, straight up wouldn’t be a bad deal. His contract is manageable, and is signed for another year, or two????? Not sure of the term.

    Now what do we get in return, a younger, bigger, tougher player, who can score about at the same rate as Callie. The entire NHL is getting bigger, we have to as well, and to make a run for the cup, you need someone like a Lucic in your line up. Now if we can get a draft choice, or a prospect as well, that would be iceing on the cake.

    On the negitive side, we loose some leadership, and defense that Callie provides. Based on the way some of the others are playing, Hags, or Zucc can pick up the slack!

  7. Erixon20 says:

    The way I see it, the top 2 lines are playing great and I wouldn’t mess with that. Pouliot and Zucc are incredible bargains….for this season. You subtract Hags or Cally and add Stewart, and that is now 3 solid lines that can score. It would be painful to see either of those guys go, love both esp Capt Cally, and of course someone else would have to go along with Hags, but that would be 3 serious lines.

  8. FrankCerbone says:

    Hagelin isn’t going anywhere; one of few Rangers that excels at even strength situations. Hagelin is 2nd on Rangers in even strength goals & 2nd in game winning goals DESPITE MISSING TEN GAMES. Does anybody on this website know anything about hockey?

    Furthermore, Rangers are looking to move players who they can obtain other players that will be under the Rangers control past NEXT YEAR.

    Stewart-big, fast, strong, lazy…sometimes gets benched for coasting on the ice…has more PM than hits.

    Better trade Callahan for Dubinsky, or Jamie McGinn or either of the Foligno brothers.

  9. Whalers22 says:

    Cally is asking for way too much, we can’t afford that. Not to mention he’s been injured quite often. Stewart would be an amazing pickup for us. He’s one of the better power forwards in the game, as well as one of the toughest.

    There have been talks of Girardi being traded with either Hags/Miller/Zucc for McGinn, Wilson, and Elliot/Barrie.

    Stewart and McGinn would be two great additions. Much better than losing these guys for nothing to free agency.