DETROIT - APRIL 09: The puck flys right by Johan Franzen #93 of the Detroit Red Wings and scores on goalie Pekka Rinne #35 of the Nashville Predators on a Niklas Kronwall #55 (not in picture) slap shot during a NHL game on April 9, 2009 at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Dave Reginek/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