Carolina Hurricanes v Pittsburgh Penguins, Game One
PITTSBURGH - MAY 18: Head coach Paul Maurice of the Carolina Hurricanes addresses the media following Game One of the Eastern Conference Championship Round of the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs on May 18, 2009 at Mellon Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Penguins defeated the Hurricanes 3-2. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/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