BREAKING NEWS: Rangers acquire Marty St. Louis for Ryan Callahan

Marty St. LouisThe Rangers have acquired Marty St. Louis from the Tampa Bay Lightning for Ryan Callahan. (Renaud Lavoie)

The deal is St. Louis for Callahan, a first round pick in 2015 and a second round pick in 2014. (Bob McKenzie)

  • 12:24PM: The Rangers have announced the trade. A press release is below

Trade details (Pierre LeBrun)

  • Second round pick is in 2014 and becomes a FIRST ROUND PICK if the Rangers get to the Conference Finals.
  • If St. Louis Callahan re-signs in Tampa Bay the Rangers get the Tampa Bay 2nd round pick in 2015 and Tampa Bay gets the Rangers seventh round pick in 2015.

St. Louis has one-year left on his contract with a cap hit of $5.6 million.

He has previously played with Brad Richards, Dominic Moore, Benoit Pouliot and Rick Nash (Team Canada) before.

Adam Rotter: The Rangers got the best possible return for Ryan Callahan. It’s clear that the Rangers weren’t all-in on re-signing Ryan Callahan for six-years and $6 million per and they are able to acquire an elite offensive forward who may be 38 but is more like Jarormir Jagr and Teemu Selanne than other 38-year olds. I think it’s a great trade for the Rangers and while they lose toughness, something they were already lacking, they bring in an elite offensive player to pair with Brad Richards, Rick Nash, Derek Stepan and Mats Zuccarello.

Losing Ryan Callahan is tough. He’s been one of my favorite players since he first came up but he isn’t a $6 million dollar player. He brings a lot of value to the Rangers and probably more than we, who aren’t in the locker room, can ever know, but the Rangers didn’t want to commit a large portion of their salary cap to a player who wasn’t going to live up to what that number represents.

From the Rangers:

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.




215 comments
Rudy Aguilar Jr.
Rudy Aguilar Jr.

Does anyone really follow the Rangers? Does anyone follow our farm system? We have some talented youth for years to come (JT Miller, Kristo, Lindberg etc) We can totally afford to deal 1st rounders for the next 2 years for MSL. He is still on top of his game and he can really help our young forwards develop their offensive skills. I like this trade alot! I'm sad to see Cally go, but his asking price wasn't equivalent to his skills. I see him in Vancouver after this season and reuniting with Torts.

Robb Birdman
Robb Birdman

MSL is faster than cally. get over his age, he has 29 goals this season, thats better than callys best season. cally was our captain, hes not a game changing player. he is a grinder.

Robb Birdman
Robb Birdman

@anthony - who care we have him signed for this year and next year. PS have you noticed jagr is 45 still the best player on his team.

Robb Birdman
Robb Birdman

be lucky to get this year? hes missed 7 games since 2005, callys missed more than 7 games this season- why dont you learn some hockey before you open your mouth Richard Peko.

Bill Kraemer
Bill Kraemer

This is a hell of a deal, sad to see Callahan go, but MSL is no joke.

Carol Bishopp
Carol Bishopp

Not happy. Wish Ryan all the luck in the world i Tampa Bay!

Salvatore Vassallo
Salvatore Vassallo

Why? St.Louis is 40 and cally is the captain not to mention they gave up draft picks

Jamie Bassford
Jamie Bassford

Good riddance CallaSHAM. ridiculous contract demands. Welcome aboard Marty!

Patrick Ruttster
Patrick Ruttster

People need to remember that we will LOSE Cally at the end of the season. We are getting a guy that  has the same amount of goals as Cindy Crosby and 61 points in 62 games! His cap hit next year is only 5.6 mil. This is not Esposito or Marcell Dionne  or guy lafleur coming to us when they are at the end, this is a guy with a lot of heart and skill left in him. The draft picks are tough to swallow but they sure as hell weren't gonna take Boyle and a bag of pucks.ONly time will tell how those draft picks turn out. Hopefully we get some draft picks back before the draft. I like this move as the best move out of the options available (that we know of).

Good luck to Cally  he was a class act.

Richard Peko
Richard Peko

Bad Idea. The rangers got older and less tough

Anthony Vincent
Anthony Vincent

we can only pray for 4-5 years, realistically hopefully 2

Marc Sonnenberg
Marc Sonnenberg

Shouldn't he be playing for the Blues, and Satan for the Devils ???

Kevin LaFaso
Kevin LaFaso

Morons he wouldn't take the money he was offered they got a guy that on his deathbed will have more offensive talent than Callahan in his prime

Sean Beasley
Sean Beasley

Sather screwed up again. He and Dolan set the precedence for over paying, it's their own fault.

Don Maher Jr
Don Maher Jr

What are they doin? One of the most steady players they had... Bone heads...

Michael Benedetto
Michael Benedetto

Good job by Sather not over committing to a big heart/limited talent player!

The people complaining about the picks are ridiculous! With the cap going up next year and the Rangers being the rangers, we should be looking at the next 2-3 years. St. Louis helps us for the immediate future, how many great scoring chances has Callahan missed this year? He is a much better offensive player hands down.

Michael Kuczynski
Michael Kuczynski

Everyone placing so much weight on the 2 Draft Picks.  They wouldn't be Top 15 picks, and drafted players certainly aren't guaranteed to work out.   I know Staal & Kreider picks were great moves, but nobody is mentioning the countless other 1st & 2nd rounders that don't pan out.

Erik McNelson
Erik McNelson

Can't build a great team without draft picks...

Bo Beck
Bo Beck

What it really comes down too is Picks for St Louis and a permanent roster spot for Miller. Which is Cally 2.0.

Stephen Hanks
Stephen Hanks

You guys who don't like this deal are nuts. They got an elite scorer for another two years at least for a third-line checking wing. The picks are tough to lose but we could get some back in other trades. This was a no-brainer based on what Cally was asking for.

Michael Stewart
Michael Stewart

If St.Louis was 5-7 years younger, I would like the deal. however; trading away Callahan, a 1st (2015) and 2nd (2014) for a 38 year old winger with only one left on his contract is not a good trade for the Rangers.

Jay
Jay

Cally forced the Trade.  5.5 Mil would have been to much nevermind 6+.  Its a good mover. We just got the 5th leading scorer in the league.

Nick Ryan
Nick Ryan

lack of speed is really what kills this team on both ends.

Michael Stewart
Michael Stewart

@Mike Kuczynski lets hope you're right and the rest of us are wrong regarding the draft picks. The Rangers farm system is weak as it is (rated #27 out of 30). If MSL was 5-7 years younger, I certainly wouldn't care about the draft picks. However; he is 38 years old and I don't care about how good of shape he is in, here is still 38 years old. People talk about Jagr and Selanne, but theres no way the Rangers would give up Callahan and a 1st and 2nd pick for them. In fact, the Rangers could have signed Jagr this past off season, but choose to pass. MSL is not going to make the Rangers an elite team and challenge for the Cup; if you think so; you are mistaken. Another factor you need to consider is the fact that perhaps now Sather might not buy out Richards this summer; due to the fact that MSL and Richards had chemistry in the past. In 2 years from now, when the Rangers are a 15 seeded team and can't make move because they are strapped with contracts and their farm system is still near the bottom of the league, then we will see if this was a good trade.

Bo Beck
Bo Beck

And most important maybe you get Richards back to what you were expecting.

Michael Stewart
Michael Stewart

@Stephen Hanks OK, who does Sather give up to restock these lost picks (1st and a 2nd)???? This move might cause a domino effect moving forward. Richards might not be bought out because he once had success playing with MSL when they both much younger and better players. Rangers farm system currently is rated #27 out of 30 and they give up not just draft picks, but a 1st and a 2nd?????????I respectfully disagree with you, this was a bad move.

Alex Minicozzi
Alex Minicozzi

@Stephen Hanks  I will feel much better if they make another move to get picks back.  Right now it is really damaging to the team future.   Only benefit to future is not having the 6 year contract on the books.

Joe Montemarano
Joe Montemarano

@Michael Stewart you guys don't know how great St. Louis is! your not going to believe he's 38 when you c him play!!! he's all hustle he still plays like he's 25!

Danny Maloney
Danny Maloney

@Michael Stewart  If MSL was 5-7 years younger it would take a lot more than an expiring contract and a 1st/2nd rd pick to get him.  This was a steal.  It amazes me that Yzerman didn't demand a Miller or a Skjei.  Not to mention a late 1st rd pick in 2015 wouldn't make the NHL until 2018.  

Michael Stewart
Michael Stewart

@Jay This is in no way shape or form puts the Rangers closer to the elite teams in the league.. Gave up too much for a 38 year old small winger.

Michael Stewart
Michael Stewart

@Joe Montemarano @Michael Stewart I have no doubt about the talent of MSL, as I watch enough hockey. My point is that MSL is not going make the Rangers an elite team that will be serious Cup contenders this season or next season. I have no doubt that MSL will pad his stats for the rest of the season. However; the Rangers need wins and not glorified stats. The Rangers farm system is rated #27 out of 30 teams, do you realize how bad that is and to include not just draft picks, but a 1st and a 2nd????

Michael Stewart
Michael Stewart

@Danny Maloney @Michael Stewart then you don't make the deal; which is what they should have done anyway.

Jay
Jay

@Michael Stewart @Jay  MSL can play 4 more years at a higher level then Callahan.  He seems to be one of those rare older elite players like Jagr or Selanne.  Callahan on the other hand may be also done in 4 years. always injured and while I agree with you that this doesn't make them Chicago, The bottom line is they had to move Callahan today because he isn't worth the money he wanted.

Michael Stewart
Michael Stewart

@Jay @Michael Stewart You reference Jagr and Selanne as comparsion to MSL. Well, back in the off season, the Rangers had the chance to sign Jagr and choose not to...Do you think Sather would have traded Callahan, a 1st and a 2nd rounder for either Selanne or Jagr????Your statement that MSL can play at a high level for the next 4 years is purely your opinion and only your opinion. You can't back that statement up with any facts at all. The Rangers have one of the worse rated farm systems in the NHL (rated #27) and they give not just draft picks, but a 1st and a 2nd.. This trade could cause a domino effect as Sather may not buy out Richards now, due to the past success he has had with MSL when they were younger and better players. If the Rangers retain Richards, there is no chance they can explore the possibility of going after Stastny.