Martin St. Louis traded from the Tampa Bay Lightning to the New York Rangers

The Rangers have traded for Martin St. Louis

3/5/14 in NHL   |   Pat   |   5233 respect

Mar 1, 2014; Dallas, TX, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Martin St. Louis (26) watches his team take on the Dallas Stars during the third period at the American Airlines Center. St. Louis scores two goals in the game. The Lightning defeated the Stars 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY SportsMartin St. Louis, who originally demanded a trade when his GM (and Team Canada GM) Steve Yzerman snubbed him from the Canadian Olympic team.

The Tampa Bay Lightning have finally moved him, trading him to the New York Rangers in exchange for forward Ryan Callahan, a first round pick in 2015 and a second round pick in 2014.

St. Louis has 29 goals and 32 assists so far this year, and led the league with 43 assists and 60 points last season. Callahan has 11 goals and 14 assists this year, and was expected to seek a long-term deal with the Rangers.

Now, the Rangers have an elite talent in St. Louis, and they could be on their way to a playoff berth after this move. They're currently tied for the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, and St. Louis could be a huge boost for them.

What do you think? Was this a good move for the Rangers? Or did they give up too much for St. Louis?
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3/5/14   |   Scott   |   53963 respect

Ryan Callahan is a good player but offensively, he isn't in the same league as St. Louis.  This is an instant upgrade for the Rangers for not only this season but next year as well.  On the flip side, I bet Steven Stamkos has to be a little pi$$ed seeing his play making friend being shipped out right before he returns to the lineup.

3/5/14   |   chrisflynn   |   11 respect

And it might be more if they make the ECF and that 2nd becomes another 1st for Tampa.  That being said, Cally wasn't re-signing, so they turned an effective rental into an upgrade, albeit an old one.

I remember what first round picks were like.

3/5/14   |   The_Real_Stoney   |   25379 respect

I like St. Louis a lot, but the Rangers gave up a ton.
That being said, I'm wondering who had Callahan's people believing he was worth $6M/yr, let alone the $7.5 he was looking for last summer.

3/5/14   |   chrisflynn   |   11 respect

Jess wrote:
indecision

Agreed.

3/5/14   |   Jess   |   34903 respect

indecision