ST. LOUIS - APRIL 19: David Backes #42 of the St. Louis Blues is congratulated by teammates after scoring a goal against Roberto Luongo #1 of the Vancouver Canucks during Game Three of the Western Conference Quarterfinal Round of the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs on April 19, 2009 at Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Tom Gannam/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