Amid swirling trade rumors, Callahan has another opportunity to stress his importance to the Rangers and build on his best performance of the season Thursday night against the surging Edmonton Oilers.
Callahan is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent after the season, and if he doesn't reach a new contract agreement with the team before two upcoming trade deadlines, he could be sent packing.
The Rangers (31-23-3) are reportedly entertaining trade offers for their captain since the two sides are reportedly far apart in negotiations. A move could surface ahead of Friday afternoon's trade deadline - and hours before New York visits Eastern Conference-leading Pittsburgh - before rosters freeze for the Olympic break.
"I try not to bring that business to the rink," said Callahan, who has 11 goals and 13 assists. "I try to concentrate on the Rangers and what we're doing here. That's my main focus.
"That is where I want to be, on the ice playing for the Rangers."
Callahan, a member of the United States' roster headed to Sochi, certainly proved valuable for New York on Tuesday, getting a season-high three points in a 5-1 win over Colorado. His two goals against the Avalanche matched his total over his previous 19 games, but coach Alain Vigneault feels his value goes beyond the score sheet.
"Ryan's been playing hard since the first game," Vigneault said. "He's the captain of the team. He prepares real well and competes every shift."
Despite the uncertain future surrounding Callahan, the Rangers have won 10 of 13 and are on the brink of their first five-game winning streak since Dec. 30, 2011-Jan. 10, 2012.
Mats Zuccarello and Derick Brassard each have six points during the win streak after getting two apiece Tuesday. Zuccarello's career-high 41 points are tied with Brad Richards for the team lead, and he's headed to the Olympics with Norway.
While the Rangers mull their options with Callahan, the Oilers (19-33-6) have already made two trades that have helped during a 4-1-0 run.
Matt Hendricks, one of those additions, scored short-handed 57 seconds into the third period in Monday's 3-2 win at Buffalo.
The center is known for his defensive play, but he has two goals in nine games since being acquired in a trade with Nashville earlier this month. He had only two goals in 44 games prior to the deal.
"He's preaching all the stuff that we need here," coach Dallas Eakins said. "He's been a good penalty-killer for us, but definitely a guy that's very vocal. I think a lot of our guys need to be listening to that because he certainly knows what he's talking about."
Edmonton has been outshot 206-124 over the past five games, relying heavily on goaltenders Ilya Bryzgalov and Ben Scrivens.
Bryzgalov, a free-agent signing in November, has won his last two starts while stopping 67 of 71 shots, including a 42-save effort versus the Sabres.
Scrivens has a 2.21 goals-against average and .944 save percentage while going 2-3-0 since being acquired in a trade with Los Angeles earlier this month.
It's unclear who will be in net against the Rangers, but Scrivens had 37 saves in a 1-0 win opposite Henrik Lundqvist at the Garden on Nov. 17.
Bryzgalov has dropped eight of 10 starts with a 3.55 GAA against the Rangers, losing six straight at MSG behind a 3.93 GAA.
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