From the Rangers:
RANGERS ACQUIRE FORWARD MARTIN ST. LOUIS
Send Ryan Callahan and two draft choices to Tampa Bay
NEW YORK, March 5, 2014 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has acquired Martin St. Louis from Tampa Bay in exchange for Ryan Callahan, a second round pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft and a first round pick in 2015.
St. Louis is a two-time Art Ross Trophy winner as the league’s leading scorer (2003-04, 2012-13), and a former Lester B. Pearson Award and Hart Memorial Trophy winner as the NHL’s most valuable player as selected by the players and league, respectively, in 2003-04. The three-time Lady Byng Memorial Trophy recipient as the league’s most gentlemanly player (2009-10, 2010-11, 2012-13), was also a member of the 2004 Stanley Cup championship winning Tampa Bay Lightning.
St. Louis has registered 29 goals and 32 assists for 61 points, along with six penalty minutes and a plus-12 rating in 62 games this season. He is tied for fifth in the league in goals and eighth in points. He is also tied for eighth in the NHL with nine power play goals, and ranks third among league forwards with 21:41 average ice time. St. Louis has registered 23 points (12 goals, 11 assists) over his last 20 games, including a 10-game point streak from January 7 at Winnipeg to January 25 against Colorado. He posted his eighth career hat trick with a career-high, four goals, on January 18 against San Jose, and skated in his 1,000th career NHL game on November 19 at Los Angeles. On January 30 at Ottawa, St. Louis became the eighth active NHL player to register his 600th career assist.
Last season, St. Louis captured his second career Art Ross Trophy as the NHL’s leading point scorer with 60 points in the lockout-shortened season. He became the oldest player in NHL history at 37 years old to win the Art Ross Trophy, and joined Mario Lemeux and Gordie Howe as the only three players to post a 1.25 points per game or better average at 37 years of age or older. His 1.25 points per game put him on pace for 103 points over a full 82-game season. St. Louis also led the league with 43 assists, ranked fifth with 17 power play assists, and ninth with 20 power play points. He registered his 900th career NHL point with a two-assist performance on April 9 against Ottawa.
The six-time NHL All-Star (2003, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011) has skated in 1,041 career regular season games over 15 seasons with the Tampa Bay Lightning and Calgary Flames, registering 369 goals and 604 assists for 973 points, along with 286 penalty minutes and a plus-24 rating. St. Louis currently ranks eighth among active NHL skaters in career assists and points, and 13th in career goals. He has reached the 30-goal and 50-assist marks six times, and has surpassed the 90-point plateau on four occasions. In 2006-07, St. Louis established career-highs with 43 goals and 102 points in 82 games.
The 5-8, 183-pounder was selected as an NHL First Team All-Star following the 2003-04 season, after capturing his first Art Ross Trophy as the league’s leading scorer with 94 points. He captured the Lester B. Pearson Award as the league’s MVP, as chosen by the players, and the Hart Memorial Trophy as the NHL’s MVP that season. St. Louis has also been selected as an NHL Second Team All-Star on four occasions (2006-07, 2009-10, 2010-11, 2012-13).
In post-season competition, St. Louis has registered 33 goals and 35 assists for 68 points, along with 28 penalty minutes and a plus-seven rating in 63 career playoff games with Tampa Bay. He tallied 20 points, including a career-high, 10 goals, in 18 games during the 2011 playoffs. His 10 goals ranked third in the NHL that post-season, while his 20 points tied for third in the league. St. Louis established playoff career-highs with 15 assists and 24 points in 23 games, en route to winning the 2004 Stanley Cup championship. He led the league in playoff assists and ranked second in points that post-season.
Internationally, St. Louis is a two-time Olympian (2006, 2014) and a gold medal winner as a member of Team Canada at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. He has registered two goals and one assist in 11 career Olympic contests. St. Louis is also a two-time silver medalist with Canada at the IIHF World Championships (2008, 2009). He was named to the tournament All-Star team after leading all skaters in scoring with 15 points at the 2009 World Championship. In addition, St. Louis captured a gold medal with Canada at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey, tallying two goals and two assists in six tournament games.
The Laval, Quebec native was originally signed by Calgary as an undrafted free agent on February 19, 1998. He made his NHL debut on October 9, 1998 against San Jose, and registered his first career point with a goal on October 20, 1998 at Dallas.
Callahan, 28, has registered 11 goals and 14 assists for 25 points, along with 16 penalty minutes in 45 games this season. The Rochester, New York native was originally selected by the Rangers as a fourth round choice, 127th overall, in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.
Statement from Tampa Bay GM Steve Yzerman:
“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.”
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