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BLOCKBUSTER: Lightning trade St. Louis to Rangers for Callahan

Mar 5, 2014, 11:22 AM EDT

It had already been reported that the two teams were discussing a possible trade involving Martin St. Louis and Ryan Callahan, but the fact the deal actually came to fruition still comes as a shock.

So far as Tampa Bay general manager Steve Yzerman is concerned, it’s hard to see this as anything but a direct result of his initially passing over St. Louis for a spot on Team Canada’s Olympic roster. While Callahan is a good player and the draft picks can’t be overlooked, today’s transaction has arguably weakened Yzerman’s squad heading into the playoffs. The long-term future for the franchise still looks good, however, given St. Louis is 38.

Meanwhile, Rangers general manager Glen Sather made it no secret that he would trade Callahan before today’s deadline if the two sides couldn’t come together on a contract extension for the pending unrestricted free agent. Obviously, an agreement was never reached, despite Callahan’s asking price reportedly coming down in the past few days. The availability of a player like St. Louis surely made it easier for Sather to pull the trigger on the deal.

  1. patthehockeyfan - Mar 5, 2014 at 11:24 AM

    And ……………

    WE’RE OFF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. pmonte3122 - Mar 5, 2014 at 11:25 AM


    • barkar942 - Mar 5, 2014 at 11:37 AM

      My reaction exactly! WOW!

      • 950003cups - Mar 5, 2014 at 12:22 PM

        St Louis for a 1st 2015 and a 2nd 2014 pick? Bad deal for NY as far as future. But as for a “win now” mentality, its not completely terrible.

    • charlieconway96 - Mar 5, 2014 at 2:24 PM

      In a coffee shop and just muttered “WOW” out loud without realizing it, now everyone is staring. Even with the rumors, I didn’t expect this deal to actually get done.

  3. joey4id - Mar 5, 2014 at 11:26 AM

    Heard Millard say the Rangers are also giving up a 1st and 2nd draft pick. Sounds steep if this is confirmed.

  4. canucks30 - Mar 5, 2014 at 11:26 AM

    Looks like Phil Esposito was wrong…again

    • storminator16 - Mar 5, 2014 at 12:03 PM

      Phil Esposito > you.

  5. bucrightoff - Mar 5, 2014 at 11:26 AM

    Of course the Rangers horribly overpaid. Yzerman is a genius, and if he flips Callahan for even more picks he’s on his way to God status.

  6. crazemastercraze - Mar 5, 2014 at 11:28 AM

    Tampa made out pretty good on this trade. Who cares if the resign, the picks cushion the loss

  7. stepanup - Mar 5, 2014 at 11:28 AM

    I feel sick.

  8. terrier92 - Mar 5, 2014 at 11:29 AM

    Great trade for Tampa

  9. herc883 - Mar 5, 2014 at 11:29 AM

    Yzerman just used and abused Sather

    • johnduci91 - Mar 5, 2014 at 12:37 PM

      Other way around dummy. Going from cally to at Louis is like going from silver to gold

      • uscthom78 - Mar 5, 2014 at 12:53 PM

        Its like going from no medal to gold….

  10. toiletclown - Mar 5, 2014 at 11:29 AM

    should have came to a contender like the pens

  11. jlilly67 - Mar 5, 2014 at 11:30 AM

    Have another Miller-Lite Phil

  12. bcsteele - Mar 5, 2014 at 11:31 AM

    I’ve lost a lot of respect for Martin St. Louis over this whole deal.


    A Blues fan

    • hockeyflow33 - Mar 5, 2014 at 11:59 AM

      Why? You have no idea what prompted his trade request.

    • stakex - Mar 5, 2014 at 12:26 PM

      Respect? The guy made an employment decision that he didn’t want to work for someone he had a disagreement with. Be it just the Olympic snub, or a tension that’s been brewing for a while now, its St Louis right to request a trade.

      Let me ask you this…. would you work for a boss you couldn’t stand, if you had another choice? I doubt it.

  13. sjsharks66 - Mar 5, 2014 at 11:32 AM

    This is just bad for the Rangers. St. Louis is not really slowing down but he is getting old. How much longer is he going to keep up his current pace. The Lightning getting a young, shot blocking leader and a 1st and 2nd round pick. They struck gold with this. They can even use the 2nd rounder to bring in another good player before the deadline.

    Props to The Lightning.

    • joey4id - Mar 5, 2014 at 11:46 AM

      What the Rangers gave up tells me that Callahan’s value was rather low. Was it because he will be a UFA? Probably.

    • johnpruggiero - Mar 5, 2014 at 4:27 PM

      young shot blocking leader…LOL…I’m a life long NYR fan…Callahan is a nice little player with a lot of heart..that being said he contributes little on the score sheet and gets hurt a lot…he has a lot of mileage on those legs and has broken multiple bones…he’s not the young stud you want to believe him to be…above average leader and decent player. that’s it. …the fact that he turned down 36 million is a joke..he wants to play in Buffalo next year (believe it or not) as he is a Rochester NY native….as for the draft picks….no big loss. Its not like Tampa (or the Rangers) has a stellar draft record over the years.

  14. runhigh24 - Mar 5, 2014 at 11:32 AM

    Never a bad idea to buy a ticket in the Connor McDavid lottery in the off-chance the Rangers don’t make the playoffs next season.

    • hockeydon10 - Mar 5, 2014 at 11:49 AM

      Even if it’s not a lottery chance, isn’t 2015 is supposed to be a deep draft year?

  15. xdj511 - Mar 5, 2014 at 11:33 AM


    • xdj511 - Mar 5, 2014 at 11:34 AM

      That’s my shocked face.

  16. valoisvipers - Mar 5, 2014 at 11:37 AM

    I don’t see Stevie Y resigning Callahan @6mil a year so I would think he will be shopping him quickly for some picks.

    • joey4id - Mar 5, 2014 at 11:49 AM

      Yep! Quite possible that SY will move him before 3pm. I’m guessing he will have to sweeten the deal by adding another player.

    • uscthom78 - Mar 5, 2014 at 11:53 AM

      He is probably a red wing by the end of the day.

    • hockey412 - Mar 5, 2014 at 11:55 AM

      EXCEPT that his team is better poised for a playoff run that it has been in a while and they are not in a rebuilding phase….coming all that way and bailing out on the playoffs doesn’t make sense to me.

      • joey4id - Mar 5, 2014 at 12:02 PM

        Bolts just traded the 5 point producer of the league and replaced him with a shot blocking d forward. How does Y make up for the loss in production? I think he needs to get some of those goals back that he just gave up.

      • hockey412 - Mar 5, 2014 at 12:09 PM

        I agree completely – I can see them trading him for a more offensively minded forward, just can’t see them trading him for just picks this year.

    • joey4id - Mar 5, 2014 at 12:41 PM

      What about Callahan + the draft picks they got from NY (maybe a prospect) for Ryan Kesler. Tort would love it. This comes down to St. Louis for Kesler.

  17. crazemastercraze - Mar 5, 2014 at 11:38 AM

    Breaking News: Glen Sather trades 2015 1st, 2nd and 3rd round pics for San Francisco Goalie Golden Gate Bridge

    • toiletclown - Mar 5, 2014 at 11:40 AM

      stick to your day job

      • alicesrightfootesq - Mar 5, 2014 at 11:54 AM

        Plot twist: His day job is making bad Glen Sather jokes on the internet.

  18. barkar942 - Mar 5, 2014 at 11:41 AM

    And would anyone be surprised if Cally is a Saber by the deadline? Perhaps the second half of this trade isn’t done yet……..
    Cally for Moulson and Meyers and picks?

    • toiletclown - Mar 5, 2014 at 11:44 AM

      who in their right mind would make that trade? cally sucks

      • barkar942 - Mar 5, 2014 at 12:10 PM

        Funny, but Bob McKenzie said when he was announcing the trade on TNN that SY might just flip him again before the deadline. Not just my thought.

      • theageofquarrel - Mar 5, 2014 at 12:19 PM

        But what does Doug McKenzie think about it?

  19. grocerystick101 - Mar 5, 2014 at 11:42 AM

    Pricey, but honestly as a Ranger fan I’m still excited by this. The price was high because Callahan’s contract demands are ridiculous and the Lightning might not even be willing to match it, he very well may just be a rental. so for the Rangers what was the alternative? Let Callahan walk or resign him for too much.

    Losing the picks will hurt for a team with a weak prospect pool already, but they’re concerned with winning now.

  20. joey4id - Mar 5, 2014 at 11:42 AM

    NYR gave up 1st round pick 2015 & 2nd round pick 2014

    If NYR make it to the ECF the 2nd round pick of 2014 becomes a 1st round pick 2014

    If Callahan stays in TB NYR will get a 2nd round pick in 2015 & TBL will get a 7 round pick in 2015

  21. JoeAvg - Mar 5, 2014 at 11:43 AM

    Hard to believe this is the same guy that put together one of the greatest hockey teams of all time. Looks like the people he surrounded himself with and just plain luck had more to do with it than first thought. At the very least he’s ineffective in today’s cap/free agent NHL.

  22. jpat2424 - Mar 5, 2014 at 11:43 AM

    Sounds steep to me

  23. mess1109 - Mar 5, 2014 at 11:45 AM

    The rangers just don’t get it, never have and never will. To give up future picks for a 38 year old is just crazy. If they had a shot at the cup this year then maybe, but let’s be realistic they just dont. Look at how Philly and Boston pushed them around over the weekend. They need big bodies that bang, not another midget. With this lineup, they will get physically abused come playoff time

  24. idonthavethebloodyoucrave - Mar 5, 2014 at 11:48 AM

    lol was Sather drunk?

  25. rpiotr01 - Mar 5, 2014 at 11:49 AM

    I’m a Rangers fan but Yzerman made off masterfully here. He understands that in a salary cap league you need good young players to fill out your roster and make big contributions before they start making big bucks. Sather doesn’t get it and never will. This was the absolute worst thing that could have happened. Better to trade him straight up for a player that doesn’t contribute, or keep him and let him leave in FA. Instead we give up MORE high round picks, MORE chances to actually draft another good young player and get productivity from the guy before you’re paying him millions.

  26. sdelmonte - Mar 5, 2014 at 11:52 AM

    I just love hockey trade day. This totally makes up for the lackluster NBA deadline day.

    • toiletclown - Mar 5, 2014 at 11:57 AM

      nba is terrible all together

    • theageofquarrel - Mar 5, 2014 at 11:58 AM

      That is because the NBA sucks

    • bullwinkle88 - Mar 5, 2014 at 12:12 PM

      You follow the NBA??? I guess you don’t have trouble sleeping.

      • sdelmonte - Mar 5, 2014 at 12:48 PM

        Hey, I watch golf. I know from calming influences.

  27. garryfish - Mar 5, 2014 at 11:56 AM

    This is a good trade for the Rangers. Callahan is not worth 6 mil, you never know if a draft pick will come through and you need scoring to win games, that is what StLouis does

  28. penvik - Mar 5, 2014 at 11:56 AM

    St. Louis is now a dirtbag, I was upset that he was so loud about the olympic pick. You’re canadian Marty and you’re 38 yrs old, unless you happen to be Mario or Wayne you should have expected to not be on Team Canada. Really put yzerman in a bad position, glad Tampa got those picks, and I hope Pittsburgh bears Tampa on the ECF so rangers have to give up 2 first round picks. Just a joke of a player who thinks he’s gods gift to hockey.

    • gaborik104life - Mar 5, 2014 at 12:34 PM

      It’s if the Rangers make the ECF not Tampa. Why would the rangers pay more for Tampas success?

  29. kyzslew77 - Mar 5, 2014 at 11:57 AM

    See, St. Louis is just a classy guy who cares about winning and integrity. That’s why he cried his way off his playoff-bound team. If his name were St. Louisov, though, then he would be an enigmatic coach killer for doing what he just did. Guy is lucky he was born in Canada.

  30. jhuck92 - Mar 5, 2014 at 11:59 AM

    As soon as Stamkos comes back, he gets a C on his sweater. Presumably.

  31. channelguy - Mar 5, 2014 at 12:00 PM

    Classic trade that hurts both teams.

    New York gets the better player, by far, but he is 38, and also cost a second this year and a first in the strong 2015 draft. That’s too much to give up for an old guy, unless you are one player from being able to come out of the East, and not even the most optimistic Ranger fans seem to think that.

    Tampa gets two high picks, but won’t keep Callahan unless they overpay wildly for a third line player, and it makes the team weaker THIS year, when there is not a lot of strong opposition in the East. Given that the many strong teams in the west will hammer each other in the playoffs, the eastern winner, while inferior on paper, could well win against the western survivor.

  32. neilbarne - Mar 5, 2014 at 12:05 PM

    Well Done Yzerman for fleecing the Rangers. Sure St. Louis is a better player, but lets be honest, the Lightning will not win the cup this year. If they keep Callahan long term, and get a 1st and 2nd round pick out of hte deal, well played sir.

    • johnpruggiero - Mar 5, 2014 at 4:30 PM

      there is zero chance Callahan will stay in Florida…and to pay him 40 million dollars to do so would be an absolute joke…total waste of time for Tampa.

  33. storminator16 - Mar 5, 2014 at 12:09 PM

    Not sure what Yzerman does but he bends his trade partners over, don’t he? If he turns around and flip Callahan, too?

    Sather should just stop doing this.

    • johnduci91 - Mar 5, 2014 at 12:34 PM

      U are dumb slather bent him over on this one cally sucks

  34. 19to77 - Mar 5, 2014 at 12:11 PM

    And Sather trades the future for an aged veteran yet again, failing to grasp the concept that the draft actually matters for building good teams. Meanwhile, Yzerman will flip Callahan for another pick or two, thus not having to give Sather the 2nd-rounder for re-signing, and just like that will have at minimum three additional high-round picks in the next two drafts – to supplement the mountain of young talent he already has.

    • joey4id - Mar 5, 2014 at 12:26 PM

      Sather more than anybody else knew the chances of signing Callahan (UFA) were close to NIL. Sather replaced a player with 11 goals with a player on the verge of scoring 30 goals. It’s a good short term deal, and is more than what he would rec’d if Callahan would have walked. If St. Louis does well he can be in NY for 2 1/2 years. Martin will settle his family in Greenhich, CT where he owns a home.

  35. purplehaze28 - Mar 5, 2014 at 12:23 PM

    If Gretzky can get traded, anyone can get traded, but, still WOW!

  36. donniesd - Mar 5, 2014 at 12:29 PM

    I was going to rant and rave…. but will leave it at this MSL is 38….

  37. johnduci91 - Mar 5, 2014 at 12:32 PM

    Rangers made a great trade here. We got the far better player and now were set up to win the cup. Rangers are filthy now on offense and have the best goalie in the world. Rangers are winning the cup and we just robbed yezerman.

    • bucrightoff - Mar 5, 2014 at 1:05 PM

      At present you are 1 point away from missing the playoffs completely. I’d calm down on the Cup talk a bit.

  38. bleedrangerblue - Mar 5, 2014 at 12:33 PM

    Dumb trade. Sather is moron. This sucks

  39. iammrbinky - Mar 5, 2014 at 12:40 PM

    Can’t wait for Stevie to land in Detroit after Holland retires. Nice job Captain.

  40. stakex - Mar 5, 2014 at 12:40 PM

    The Rangers probably did pay a bit too much considering St Louis advancing age, no doubt about it. However, the price for the Rangers to get St Louis was going to be steep given the current playoff picture. While unlikely, its possible the Rangers and Lighting could come down to the wire fighting each other for the last playoff spot… and since this trade makes the Rangers better, and weakens the Lighting, the Rangers were going to have to pay. In fact, under normal circumstances this is a trade that would never happen for that very reason.


  41. sjsharks66 - Mar 5, 2014 at 12:46 PM

    Thanks for the laugh John. “Filthy” on offense? Best goalie in the world? The lightning owned you guys with this trade.

  42. geejon - Mar 5, 2014 at 1:01 PM

    Were the Rangers one additional scorer away from being legit Cup contenders, I wouldn’t be so opposed to this deal. You gotta take a shot when you’re close … but they’re not close. They’re not close to being close. This team is average with or without MSL. They scare no one in a playoff series.

    Rangers fans can only hope whomever TB drafts with those picks doesn’t turn into a stud for the next 15 years while MSL plays in NY for 2 years before retiring.

  43. penvik - Mar 5, 2014 at 1:09 PM

    It’s weird how even on a day with multiple stories NBC is still taking the day off. St. Louis is old news for Christ sake, UPDATE YOUR STORIES!!

  44. thechezman1 - Mar 5, 2014 at 1:09 PM

    Possibly 2 #1 picks and their captain for a 38 yr old who is tiny ??


    PLus Callihan is asking 6 M a year for a checking forward???

    Not in todays NHL.

    TB will not resign him and SL will retire in a year or 2. Leaving 2 High High picks for TB..

  45. DED - Mar 5, 2014 at 1:41 PM

    I don’t think Yzerman is going to trade Callahan before the deadline, though I’ll probably be wrong.

    I don’t think Yzerman is going to re-sign him either. Especially not at $6+ million. Callahan is going to have to learn that he’s out of the NYC spotlight.

    I think Callahan takes a pay cut and signs with Buffalo over the summer to be closer to home (family is from Rochester). Shortly thereafter he learns that it’s not all about money.

  46. scopolamine9 - Mar 5, 2014 at 1:47 PM

    Time will tell how this trade plays out. The Rangers need more scoring and Tampa needs to move an unhappy goal scorer. As a rangers fan I’m not happy about the multi picks heading south but it’s time to put up or shut up for New York.

  47. formerworldchamps - Mar 5, 2014 at 1:51 PM

    I hear Gordi Howe is available Sather

  48. bleedrangerblue - Mar 5, 2014 at 5:32 PM

    Why the hell would he turn down 36 million if he truly wanted to remain a Ranger??

  49. bbk1000 - Mar 5, 2014 at 8:02 PM

    I have met teachers who need tenure to keep them employed……the fact that they’re bad means nothing…..

    Sather is worse than that, yet he still is employed….

    One of the worst owners in sports….the worst G.M. in sports…..what a lovely future the Rangers and Knicks have…

  50. punksinplay - Mar 5, 2014 at 9:47 PM

    Callahan is just a rental for Tampa. Essentially this is two high draft picks for MSL. Rangers could turn around and resign Cally after the season is over.

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