Pittsburgh Penguins v Washington Capitals - Game Two
WASHINGTON - MAY 04: Alex Ovechkin #8 and Simeon Varlamov #40 of the Washington Capitals makes there way through the fans for the pregame warm ups before Game Two of the Eastern Conference Semifinals Round of the 2009 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Pittsburgh Penguins on May 4, 2009 at the Verizon Center in Washington, DC. (Photo by Len Redkoles/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