LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Los Angeles Kings President and General Manager Dean Lombardi speaks to the media about the acquisition of Dustin Penner prior to the game between the Los Angeles Kings and the Detroit Red Wings at Staples Center on February 28, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NHLI via Getty Images)
It's a fresh wound right now. I didn't really get a chance to say goodbye. I owe a lot to the fans. The same reason why they fell in love with me many years ago I think is the same reason why they probably understand what I'm all about. I think I'm a character guy. I know this is hard for them. I didn't take this decision lightly, but I knew it was the right one.
— Martin St. Louis after being traded from the Lightning to the Rangers on Wednesday