The New York Rangers landed one of the best players available on NHL Trade Deadline day, acquiring forward Martin St. Louis from the Tampa Bay Lightning for forward Ryan Callahan, a first-round pick and a conditional second-round choice Wednesday.
Not only is it rare for teams to trade captains, but each team is among the contenders in the Eastern Conference. Tampa Bay general manager Steve Yzerman confirmed St. Louis had requested a trade, and Callahan will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season.
The first-round pick is in the 2015 NHL Draft and the conditional second-round selection is in 2014. The second-round pick becomes a first-round pick if the Rangers reach the Eastern Conference Final this season. Also, if Callahan signs a contract with the Lightning, the Rangers would receive Tampa Bay's second-round pick in 2015 in exchange for New York's seventh-round choice in 2015.
"I think right now, you get down there and get settled and maybe get used to my surroundings, and then once that happens, I'm open to anything," Callahan told TSN. "If that's contract talks, it is, but if not, then we see what happens in July."