NHL trade roundup: St. Louis heads to Rangers in Lightning's deal for Callahan
The New York Rangers and Tampa Bay Lightning pulled off the biggest deal on NHL trade deadline day Wednesday, swapping captains Ryan Callahan and Martin St. Louis.
The surprising move was announced just hours before the afternoon deadline and shortly before the Rangers were to host the Toronto Maple Leafs. St. Louis arrived in time to make his debut with New York.
The Rangers had been trying to sign Callahan, who can become an unrestricted free agent this summer but weren't able to reach an agreement with the gritty forward. They sent him packing instead of risking losing him for nothing.
“It's still tough,” Callahan told Canada's TSN. “I knew it was an option that was going to happen if I didn't re-sign with New York. No matter how prepared you are for it or knowing it's going to come, when you hear that initial ‘You've been traded' it's definitely a shock.”
The Los Angeles Kings, hoping to mirror the success they had from their last big trade-deadline deal with Columbus, bolstered their offense by acquiring former scoring whiz Marian Gaborik from the Blue Jackets.
The Blue Jackets got right wing Matt Frattin and two conditional picks, most likely a second-round pick and also a third-rounder if the Kings win their first-round playoff series or re-sign Gaborik.
The Montreal Canadiens acquired winger Thomas Vanek from the New York Islanders. Montreal sent forward prospect Sebastien Collberg, a 2014 second-round pick and a conditional fifth-rounder to the Islanders. Vanek, who will be an unrestricted free agent this summer, becomes the Canadiens' leading scorer with 53 points.
The Washington Capitals acquired Jaroslav Halak from the Buffalo Sabres in a swap of goalies. The Capitals sent backup goalie Michal Neuvirth and defenseman Rostislav Klesla to Buffalo.
The Sabres also traded forwards Matt Moulson and Cody McCormick to the Minnesota Wild in exchange for forward Torrey Mitchell and two first-round picks. Moulson has 17 goals and 38 points in 55 games this season.
The Stars acquired Tim Thomas from the Florida Panthers for Dan Ellis in a swap of goaltenders designed to give Dallas a boost in its push for the playoffs.
And, despite speculation that the Devils were considering dealing the NHL's winningest goaltender, 41-year-old Martin Brodeur will finish his 20th consecutive season in New Jersey.
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