Good morning, Banter. It's been a while since the topic of conversation has been truly New York Rangers related. But with the Olympic tournament over, we're going to get back into the swing of things. A lot has happened in the past few weeks, and a lot is going to happen with the roster freeze being lifted Sunday at midnight.
Going to lead off with what is again going to be the biggest item on the menu until it's resolved: the situation surrounding Ryan Callahan. If you follow Boomer Esiason on Twitter, you've seen a lot of trade speculation. Some of the names currently being thrown around for Callahan include Martin St. Louis and Max Pacioretty. The only thing that remains clear is the Rangers are still shopping their 28-year-old, free agent to be captain. [NY Post]
Mats Zuccarello suffered a non-displaced fracture in his left hand during the Olympics, and will be out until the second week of March. [Blueshirt Banter]
Three Rangers will be coming back from Sochi with medals, as Rick Nash's Canada defeated Henrik Lundqvist and Carl Hagelin's Sweden in the gold medal game. [SB Nation]
With the season coming to a close, Alain Vigneault needs his team ready for a playoff push. [NY Post]
Derek Dorsett has been out of action since Jan. 3 with a broken left fibula, but appears ready to return to the lineup when the Rangers resume play against the Blackhawks on Thursday. [Rangers Rants]