VANCOUVER, CANADA - OCTOBER 24: Vancouver Canuck fans stand with a Toronto Maple Leafs fan outside General Motors Place prior to the NHL game between the Vancouver Canucks and the Toronto Maple Leafs on October 24, 2009 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/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