DETROIT - SEPTEMBER 25: Garnet Exelby #3 of the Toronto Maple Leafs collides with Valtteri Filppula #51 of the Detroit Red Wings during a NHL pre-season game at Joe Louis Arena on September 25, 2009 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