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Morning Line

“Individually I guess it’s been a tough start for me. I’ve gotten my looks, but they haven’t gone in, and it hasn’t been good enough.”

“No one is going to give you anything; you have to go out and earn it. Getting chances this time of year is definitely not good enough.

“I expect more out of myself. I’m going to keep working at it.”

-Martin St. Louis of the New York Rangers on his lack of production since being traded.  More from Larry Brooks of the New York Post.

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Marc Staal Want To Avoid Last Minute Contract Negotiations

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

The trade deadline-driven contract negotiations with Dan Girardi and Ryan Callahan were instructive to Marc Staal, who could be in the very same position as an impending free agent next year but sure isn’t savoring the possibility.

“I saw those two guys go through it with the negotiations and all of the rumors that are impossible to avoid if you’re on the last year of your contract, and it’s not something I really want to go through,” Staal told The Post on Sunday following the Rangers’ buttoned-down 3-0 victory over the Red Wings at the Garden.

“You can say all you want that it’s not on your mind and it’s not a distraction, but it’s something that has to weigh on you,” No. 18 said. “I know my brother, Jordan, went through a lot of that early on in a season when he was in Pittsburgh and basically said, ‘Enough of that.’

“For me, the contract situation is definitely something I would like to take care of over the summer. That’s the goal, but that also has to be the way management looks at it, too, in order to get it done.”

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Alain Vigneault Uses Mike Babcock’s Advice

from Andrew Gross of Ranger Rants at The Record,

Another good anecdote from Vigneault today came when he was asked about using Rick Nash as a penalty killer, as he is now and as Red Wings coach Mike Babcock did for Team Canada. Vigneault was asked whether he got the idea to use Nash as a penalty killer came from watching the Olympics, where Nash played on the fourth line and killed penalties.

“It’s funny it’s a combination of a few things,” Vigneault said.  “Our last game against Detroit I was talking to Babs before the game and he said, ‘In Canada’s best interests, why don’t you start using him on the PK because we might use him there.’ I had already had him before in our thinking spreading the minutes around. I’m not a big fan of using players on both situations (power play and penalty kill) but Step’s (Derek Stepan is) our only right-handed centerman when he’s good I like using him there and I started using Nasher for different reasons, not just that Babs wanted me to help, and then all of a sudden, he had a couple of good shifts on it, played well, Cally (Ryan Callahan) leaves and we need another penalty killer. Zuccy (Mats Zuccarello) was hurt, that’s when it started. He’s doing pretty good,  we’re going to continue to use him.”

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Video- Martin St. Louis Talks Trade, Team Canada And Steve Yzerman

via CBC,

Ron MacLean talks to Martin St. Louis about his move to New York, his Team Canada snub and current standing relationship with Steve Yzerman.

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Bad Captains

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

Suddenly on deadline day in the National Hockey League, the cherished ‘C’ became all about ‘me’.

The captains of two teams were revealed to be nothing like captains at all, traded for each other in a mashing of egos, mirrors, contract negotiations, hurt feelings, pettiness and singularity.

It was almost enough to make Darryl Sittler tear the ‘C’ from his jersey once again, if that wasn’t bad enough the first time around.

This should have been the time of Martin St. Louis’ life. He just won an Olympic gold medal in Sochi. The best shooter in hockey, Steven Stamkos, is set to return to the lineup of the much-improved Tampa Bay Lightning. If Jon Cooper isn’t coach of the year in the NHL, he is certainly on the ballot. How many goalies are playing better than Ben Bishop? And in an Eastern Conference devoid of a great team, somebody has to play for the Stanley Cup and that somebody just might be the Lightning, the team he has represented for 13 seasons.

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It’s Now Cup Or Bust For The New York Rangers

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

This  is the type of trade a team makes either if it is one piece away from winning a championship, or its management doesn’t place a premium on keeping its draft picks.

This is the type of trade the Rangers made on Wednesday, when they dealt the past and the future for the present in sending one first-rounder, one second-rounder that could become a first, and the remainder of Ryan Callahan’s season to Tampa Bay in exchange for 38-year-old Martin St. Louis — a dynamic, game-changing goal-scorer who, by the way, did we mention, is 38 years old?

General manager Glen Sather is all-in again on this season, maybe this year and next, with a flawed team that doesn’t appear big enough, tough enough or deep enough to take out the Bruins, even if the Rangers are likely a tougher out in the playoffs — if they get there — than they were before pulling off this trade.

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Evening Line

“I would rather not discuss what brought me to that decision, but in the end this is a decision for my family. I respect the fact that many of you do not agree with my decision and are angry with it. All I really can say is that I am sorry and I am very appreciative of the support you have shown me through the years.

-Martin St. Louis of the New York Rangers in a letter he wrote to Tampa Bay Lightning Fans.  You can read the full letter at the Tampa Tribune or check out a tweet below which includes a picture of the letter.

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Raphael Diaz To The Rangers

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Martin St. Louis For Ryan Callahan Getting Very Close

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added 12:23pm, Official Tampa Bay release below...

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Will Callahan Or The Rangers Blink?

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

So the hours leading up to the 3 p.m. trade deadline Wednesday are largely an exercise in blinking — or not — for the Rangers and Ryan Callahan, who may be closer than they were a week ago regarding a contract extension but were not materially closer to striking a deal Tuesday night than they were Tuesday morning, sources report.

Callahan, having reduced his original ask of seven years at more than $48 million, was still at six years and approximately $39 million while the Rangers, having previously upped their bid from five years at $30 million, were adamant about not increasing the six-year, $36 million offer recently put on the table to their captain.

While the difference has been narrowed to approximately $500,000 per for six years and leaves open the “split the difference” scenario, both sides believe they have compromised significantly enough not to yield further.

So as the Blueshirts prepare for Wednesday’s match at the Garden against the Maple Leafs, their captain will be preoccupied with his status while general manager Glen Sather works on a dual track of negotiating with Callahan’s agent and with clubs interested in getting No. 24 in a trade.

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