Rangers Acquire St. Louis From NHL’s Lightning for CallahanMichael Buteau
The New York Rangers acquired six-time All-Star Martin St. Louis from the Tampa Bay Lightning for captain Ryan Callahan, adding the reigning National Hockey League scoring champion to its roster.
Also before today’s trading deadline, the Los Angeles Kings added All-Star right wing Marian Gaborik from Columbus and the Florida Panthers traded goalie Tim Thomas to Dallas a day after acquiring Roberto Luongo from Vancouver, according to Canada’s TSN Network. The Ottawa Senators added right wing Ales Hemsky from Edmonton and the Montreal Canadiens said they acquired left wing Thomas Vanek from the New York Islanders.
For St. Louis, the Rangers also sent a 2015 first-round pick and a 2014 second-round pick to Tampa Bay, the team said in a statement.
St. Louis is a six-time 30-goal scorer and led the NHL with 60 points last season to become the oldest winner of the Art Ross Trophy as the NHL’s scoring champion. The 38-year-old right wing leads the Lightning with 29 goals and 61 points in 62 games this season. He has one year and $5 million remaining on his contract.
Callahan, a 28-year-old right wing who is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent after the season, was unable to reach agreement on a new deal before being traded. He was seeking about $6 million per season on a new contract, the New York Daily News reported. Callahan, who has a history of injuries, had 11 goals and 14 assists in 45 games this season after scoring 29 goals two seasons ago.
St. Louis was left off the Canadian Olympic team by Tampa Bay General Manager Steve Yzerman. He was later added as an injury replacement for Lightning center Steve Stamkos and went on to win the gold medal in Sochi, Russia, last month.
He’s the latest in a list of aging players to join the Rangers over the years, including Wayne Gretzky, Theo Fleury and Bobby Holik.