The big move at the NHL trade deadline was Martin St. Louis leaving the Tampa Bay Lightning and heading to the New York Rangers in exchange for Ryan Callahan and a first and second round draft picks. The move came as a surprise to the casual fan, but after being left off the initial Olympic roster for Team Canada in the Sochi Olympics by Lightning GM Steve Yzerman.
After 14 yeas in Tampa, the Lightning winger has a new team where the Rangers
“It happened kinda quick,” St. Louis said after Thursday’s practice, his first with the team. “I got on the flight, got [to New York], adjusted some of my gear, warmed up and got in the game. You don’t really have time to be emotional. We’re in the thick of things here. This is a really crucial time of the season. There’s not much time to think and reflect.
“I know I will reflect at some point … probably this summer. Those 14 years were great years for me in Tampa, and this is a new chapter in my life, and I’m excited about it.”
It’s going to be interesting to see St. Louis in a different sweater than the one with the lightning bolt across his chest, but players move in professional sports and while the fans will be emotional about his departure, that will have to wait for the offseason for St. Louis as he finds himself in a fight to keep the Rangers in the playoff mix.
The Rangers are currently in seventh place in the Eastern Conference, but four teams are within three points of the Rangers’ 70 points through 63 games.