BOSTON - OCTOBER 10: The locker stall of Zdeno Chara #33 of the Boston Bruins displays his helmet with a 'Hockey Fights Cancer' sticker before the game against the New York Islanders at the TD Garden on October 10, 2009 in Boston , Massachusetts. (Photo by Steve Babineau/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