Reports: Lightning trade Martin St. Louis to Rangers for Ryan Callahan, picks
|03.05.14 at 11:40 am ET|
The Lightning have traded Martin St. Louis to the Rangers in exchange for Ryan Callahan, a 2015 first-round pick and a 2014 second-round pick, according to multiple reports. TSN’s Bob McKenzie was the first to report the deal.
St. Louis ranks eighth in the NHL with 61 points in 62 games this season, while Callahan has 25 points in 45 games. St. Louis has another year left on his deal, but recently requested a trade after a falling-out with general manager Steve Yzerman, believed to be the result of Yzerman leaving St. Louis off his initial Team Canada roster. Callahan is an unrestricted free agent after this season. Interestingly enough, St. Louis and Callahan were both captains of their previous teams.
The 2015 first-round pick that Tampa acquired could prove to be extremely valuable, as that draft class is considered one of the best in years.
The Lightning, who found out Steven Stamkos has been cleared to return earlier on Wednesday, are currently third in the Atlantic Division and fourth in the Eastern Conference. The Rangers are third in the Metropolitan Division and seventh in the conference.