Dreger: Rangers doing homework on Chris StewartJanuary 31, 2014, by
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.