Rangers ship Ryan Callahan, picks to Lightning for Martin St. Louis

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

New York, NY, United States (4E Sports) – The New York Rangers have shipped captain Ryan Callahan and two draft picks to the Tampa Bay Lightning for six-time All-Star Martin St. Louis.

The Rangers also included in the deal a first-round pick in 2015 and a second-round pick in 2014 to Tampa Bay.

The deal, completed in the final hours before Wednesday’s 3 p.m. ET trade deadline, has several pick-related conditions.

If the Rangers reach the Eastern Conference finals this season, the 2014 pick headed to Tampa Bay would become a first-round selection.

If Callahan, a pending unrestricted free agent, re-signs with the Lightning, New York would receive a second-round pick in 2015 and Tampa Bay would get an additional seventh-round pick in 2015.

St. Louis requested a trade out of Tampa Bay after he was initially snubbed by general manager Steve Yzerman — also the GM of Team Canada — when his boss named the 2014 Olympic squad.

St. Louis later was added as an injury replacement for the Lightning’s Steven Stamkos and won a gold medal with Team Canada, but that apparently did not change the situation.

St. Louis, who was named Tampa Bay’s captain prior to this season, had a no-trade clause in his contract and reportedly told Yzerman that New York was his preferred destination. Yzerman acknowledged St. Louis’ trade request in a written statement Wednesday.

“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,” Yzerman said. “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,” Yzerman added.

Yzerman revealed that he expects Callahan to make his Lightning debut Thursday against the Buffalo Sabres.

“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.”

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