ST. LOUIS, MO. - APRIL 21: Mason Raymond #21 of the Vancouver Canucks controls the puck against T.J. Oshie #74 of the St. Louis Blues during Game Four of the Western Conference Quarterfinals of the 2009 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Scottrade Center on April 21, 2009 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/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