Martin St. Louis, Ryan Callahan swapped on deadline day
The first big deal of the trade deadline day is reportedly completed, as the New York Rangers and Tampa Bay Lightning have traded their captains to each other.
Ryan Callahan, disgruntled that he could not get the desired long-term contract with the Rangers, and Martin St. Louis, who wanted out of Tampa Bay to go to New York, have now been traded for each other.
— Renaud Lavoie (@LavoieRenaud) March 5, 2014
— HockeyNightInCanada (@hockeynight) March 5, 2014
Important to see in this is that the Rangers gave up two very good draft picks to the Tampa Bay Lightning, who may not be willing to re-sign Callahan before he becomes an unrestricted free agent in July. Tampa Bay picked up a 2014 second-rounder and 2015 first-rounder in the deal.
Darren Dreger also reported that, if Callahan does decide to stay with the Lightning, Tampa Bay will send a draft pick to the Rangers.
St. Louis led the NHL in scoring during the lockout-shortened 2013 season with 17 goals and 43 assists for 60 points in 48 games. The former Lightning captain, who joined the team back in 2000, had led the team in scoring this season, with 29 goals and 32 assists in 61 games.
Callahan had 11 goals and 14 assists in 45 games with the Rangers this season. Callahan was the captain of the Rangers since 2011, when he inherited the captaincy from Chris Drury.
UPDATE: The Rangers are planning on having Martin St. Louis in New York tonight for their home contest against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
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