Our guess: Yes, he stands as a straight rental and there are suggestions the Buffalo Sabres will push hard to sign Callahan come July (he's from nearby Rochester), but a long run in the sun this spring could change all that, no?
Matt Moulson, Buffalo Sabres
Poor Moulson. He started the season playing with Tavares, was dealt to lowly Buffalo and now is looking at having to pack his bags yet again. The good thing is he'll end up somewhere with playoff dates in mind come mid-April. His production has tailed off since going to the Sabres (go figure), but he's a proven goal scorer, and for teams looking to bolster their top six and add some weaponry for the power play, Moulson will be an attractive alternative to Vanek. We think of him as a younger version of Bill Guerin when Guerin arrived in Pittsburgh, which makes us think the Pens might be a good fit. Ottawa would like to bolster its offense, too, and we already know about the Kings' similar needs. Depending on what the Lightning do, Moulson might also be a nice short-term fix if GM Steve Yzerman moves Martin St. Louis. Lots of moving pieces but Moulson is headed somewhere.
Our guess: Moulson joins the Penguins' mighty arsenal.
Mike Cammalleri, Calgary Flames
In a two-year period in 2010 and 2011, Cammalleri played in 26 postseason games for the Montreal Canadiens and collected 16 goals and 29 points. He hasn't played in the postseason since and there have been concussion issues, but if a team is looking at a straight rental and a pure scorer, Cammalleri fits that bill. For a Flames team trying to reseed the farm, the price tag is likely to be more moderate than for Thomas Vanek or even Matt Moulson. If, as suggested, the Blues are looking to move Chris Stewart, does a guy like Cammalleri fill a hole for a team that has Cup aspirations? Cammalleri will make $7 million this season, although his cap hit is $6 million, so that will be a factor in finding him a new home, although the Flames would certainly be in a position to retain some salary to make it happen.
Our guess: If the Bolts move Martin St. Louis, would Cammalleri be a nice fit with Steven Stamkos? Yes.
Ales Hemsky, Edmonton Oilers
Hemsky is an interesting figure in the marketplace. He twice scored 20 goals for the Oilers and looked like he'd be part of the team's offensive machinery for a long time. But injuries and other issues have kept him from realizing that potential. He hasn't scored 20 since 2008-09 and hasn't played in a postseason game since the Oilers' run in '06. Edmonton GM Craig MacTavish has to turn Hemsky into some sort of asset, and for a team not looking to give up much in terms of young assets or picks, Hemsky might be an interesting add. He makes $5.5 million in real money, with a $5 million cap hit, which might be a problem given that Hemsky has only seven goals this season and has fallen down the depth chart in top-heavy Edmonton. Ottawa might make sense, or perhaps Detroit, where injuries cloud the issue for a Wings team that is still very much in the playoff hunt but won't want to mortgage much in the way of futures.
Our guess: Hemsky had a nice Olympic tournament with three goals and an assist in five games, and a change of scenery could make him a nice deadline steal, assuming the Oilers don't price themselves out of the marketplace.