The Rangers and Lightning swapped captains. The Rangers will send Ryan Callahan – who, for some reason, was never really appreciated in NY (I frigging love him as a player) – a first and second round pick to the Lightning for Martin St. Louis.
Callahan will be a free agent this summer and reportedly his asking price was too high for the Rangers. St. Louis is having a really good season, but, at 38 and having played in the Olympics, you have to wonder if he’ll run out of gas during a playoff run. He’ll give the Rangers more firepower, for sure, but Callahan is a very good well-rounded player. Trading someone like that at this point of the season doesn’t make sense to me. And they sent two draft picks to the Lightning. What?
St. Louis has a year left on his deal.
The Rangers will receive a conditional pick if the Lightning sign Callahan this summer.