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Lightning trades Marty St. Louis to the Rangers



The Lightning has traded captain Marty St. Louis to the Rangers for their captain Ryan Callahan and 2015 first-round pick and a 2014 second-round pick. New York apparently upped its offer on Tuesday to include the first-round.

If the Rangers reach the Eastern Conference finals, the second-round pick becomes a first-round pick.

Interesting that Callahan is a potential unrestricted free agent, so there is a chance the right wing will be a rental, though you have to believe there is some idea Tampa Bay will be able to sign him.

Callahan apparently had asked the Rangers for a six-year, $39 million deal. The Rangers reportedly have offered six years, $36 million.

If Callahan signs with the Lightning, the Rangers will get the Lightning's second-round pick in 2015. Tampa Bay will get New York's seventh-round pick.

St. Louis, arguably the greatest player in Tampa Bay history, and its all-time points leader, is having a wonderful season with 29 goals and 61 points in 62 games. He also is averaging 21:41 of ice time.

Callahan, 28, also a right wing, has struggled this season with 11 goals, 25 points in 45 games and averages17:56 of ice time. He does, though, bring an element of grit that Lightning can use.

St. Louis, 38, who has one year left on his contract, asked for a trade last month after he was left off the initial roster for Team Canada, of which Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman was executive director.

The belief is St. Louis requested to be moved only to the Rangers. He has a home in Greenwich, Conn., where he and his family spend their summers.

Speculation about trade talk between the Lightning and Rangers had quieted in the past week, but it apparently heated up with the new offer.

St. Louis, who had a miserable minus-4 game in Tuesday's 4-2 loss to the Blues, did not speak to reporters after the game.


[Last modified: Wednesday, March 5, 2014 12:32pm]


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