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Martin St. Louis For Ryan Callahan Getting Very Close

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TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have acquired forward Ryan Callahan, a conditional second-round pick in the 2014 NHL Draft and a first round selection in 2015 in exchange for Martin St. Louis, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today. The Lightning’s conditional second round pick becomes a first-round pick in the 2014 NHL Draft if the Rangers reach the Eastern Conference Final this season. If Callahan re-signs with the Lightning the two teams will swap selections in the 2015 NHL Draft, with the Rangers acquiring the Lightning’s second-round pick while Tampa Bay will get New York’s seventh-round pick.

Callahan, 28, has skated in 45 games with the Rangers this season, posting 11 goals and 25 points to go along with 16 penalty minutes. The Rangers captain has notched four power play goals, ranking tied for fourth on New York. The 5-foot-11, 190-pound forward registered a season-best, five-game point streak from October 11 through November 7, recording five goals and two assists during that stretch.

“The Lightning are very excited to have Ryan Callahan join the organization and help us in our quest to make the playoffs,” Yzerman said.  “Ryan is an outstanding player and leader who we look forward to seeing on the ice tomorrow night.”

“We’d like to thank Marty for everything he has done on and off the ice during his outstanding 13-year career in Tampa Bay.  He has been one of the greatest players in the organization’s history but in the end we honored his request today.  We wish him and his family the best of luck as he continues his career in New York.”

The Rochester, New York native represented Team USA at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, appearing in six games and collecting one assist. Callahan also played for his country at the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver, Canada, earning a Silver Medal.

Callahan has played in 450 career NHL games, all with the Rangers, over eight seasons, collecting 132 goals and 254 points. He set career-highs during the 2011-12 season for goals (29), points (54), penalty minutes (61), power-play goals (13) and game-winning goals (nine).

He was originally drafted by the Rangers in the fourth round, 127th overall, at the 2004 NHL Draft.

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Chet's avatar

bad deal for stupid sather. lolz.

Posted by Chet from twitter: thegansen on 03/05/14 at 12:13 PM ET

mrfluffy's avatar

I’m not sure who comes out on the short end here.

Richards gets an old but still great playmaker and Tampa gets a little harder to play against…but loses some offense. Quite a bit of offense if you ask me.

Posted by mrfluffy from the phone, calling Detroit, telling them it's on 03/05/14 at 12:18 PM ET

Paul's avatar

McKenzie says pending trade call, deal done.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 03/05/14 at 12:23 PM ET

mrfluffy's avatar

I take back my statement.

Callahan AND a 1st AND 2nd?


Posted by mrfluffy from the phone, calling Detroit, telling them it's on 03/05/14 at 12:23 PM ET

Paul's avatar

TSN says 1st is 2015 pick.  Better draft that year.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 03/05/14 at 12:24 PM ET


Immediate help for NYR scoring woes.  Immediate help for lock-down Tampa team with no offense lost as Stamkos is coming back Thursday.

Long-term, a great move by Yzerman (assuming picks are legit), especially if he signs Callahan for 5 years, $5.5 million or so, which I think is fair value. 

Even if Callahan walks, he traded a guy who wanted to leave and was becoming a distraction.  Fantastic value if those picks are correct.

Posted by jkm2011 on 03/05/14 at 12:25 PM ET

Paul's avatar

The 2nd round pick is this year I believe.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 03/05/14 at 12:27 PM ET

Hootinani's avatar

Immediate help for NYR scoring woes.  Immediate help for lock-down Tampa team with no offense lost as Stamkos is coming back Thursday.

If Brad RIchards and Rick Nash coudlnt solve their problem, Im not sure St. Louis is going to turn it around.  But if he can gell with some of the youngins, I could be wrong.

Posted by Hootinani on 03/05/14 at 12:30 PM ET

LivinLaVidaLockout's avatar

Incredible value back, bravo Yzerman.

Posted by LivinLaVidaLockout on 03/05/14 at 12:32 PM ET

henrymalredo's avatar

A very good short term move for the Rangers (not that long term matters if they couldn’t resign Callahan anyways).  Possibly a decent long term move for Tampa Bay, depending on how the picks turn out, but a short term downgrade, though Yzerman’s hands were tied.  It’s still disappointing this couldn’t be hashed out and that the greatest player in Tamp Bay history is traded due to an Olympic issue.

Posted by henrymalredo from Lansing on 03/05/14 at 12:32 PM ET

Paul's avatar

TSN reporting if Callahan signs with TBL, a conditional pick goes to NYR.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 03/05/14 at 12:32 PM ET

Chet's avatar

rangers got robbed on the 2015 1st to TBL because they’re gonna SUCK next year. yikes.

Posted by Chet from twitter: thegansen on 03/05/14 at 12:46 PM ET


Good trade both ways.  The people ripping the trade haven’t thought it through.

1) If not moved Callahan was gone after this year for nothing, St. Louis has another year remaining.

2) Depending on the conditional we could be talking about only a #1 or #2 going back to TB.

3) The Rangers can’t score.  St. Louis is a hugely better offensive player than Callahan.

4) Tampa struggles to defend.  Callahan is a hugely better defensive player than St. Louis.

Speaking generally I think TB got the better end of this deal because St. Louis’ window of excellence is finite and very close to closing while Callahan’s got at least another contracts worth of mid to high level play.  Also, getting back a #1, even where the Rangers’ #1 is likely to be, is a decent pull.

Still, there’s a non-zero chance Callahan’s ceiling is 20 goals, 50 points and good defense, kind of a rich man’s Dan Cleary.  Trading away a ppg player for that, even when you get back a #1 also, can backfire.

Posted by HockeyinHD on 03/05/14 at 03:01 PM ET

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