With the end of the Olympics has also come the end of the roster freezing in the NHL. As teams take to the ice tonight, GM's are starting to look at players that could be traded before the March 5th deadline.

One such player could be New York Rangers' captain, Ryan Callahan. The Rangers' skipper's contract expires at the end of the season and the team are reportedly nowhere near securing an extension.

According to reports on CBS Sports, the Tampa Bay Lightning have emerged as a prime contender to do a deal with the team USA forward.

CBS report that New York radio host Boomer Esiason has heard that a straight swap and draft picks have been discussed.

"He said there's a good shot Rangers captain Ryan Callahan will be traded in a straight-up deal for Martin St. Louis of the Tampa Bay Lightning. Boomer said the trade could include a conditional draft pick if Callahan, an impending free agent, decides to stay with Tampa Bay."

However, it seems that the Lightning are not certain about their chances of signing Callahan once his contract expires in the summer and are not keen on shopping one of their best players for what has been described as a 'rental'

There is no doubting Callahan's talent, he has scored 11 goals with 13 assists so far this season with the Rangers. St. Louis is also a talented attacker, with 25 goals and 31 assists from the right wing.

The deal is far from done but this could be a storyline to follow as the trade deadline creeps ever nearer.

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