MONTREAL, QC - OCTOBER 17: Right wing Alex Kovalev #27 of the Ottawa Senators during the NHL game against the Ottawa Senators on October 17, 2009 at the Bell Center in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Francois Lacasse/OSA Images/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