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Rangers Trade Callahan, Picks to Tampa for St. Louis (Update)

Update, 2:08 p.m.:
More player reaction to the trade…

Update, 1,30 p.m.:
Derrick Brassard reaction to Callahan trade (via Renaud Lavoie)…

"the atmosphere was not good in the locker room when it became known that Ryan Callahan was traded."

…this to me could be the biggest negative of the trade. What does it do to the locker room? How does it effect guys like Lundqvist, Girardi and Staal who have all grown up in the organization with Callahan? They're all professionals and St. Louis will make it a real easy transition once he starts scoring, but it's got to be a blow to their psyche.

Update, 1:24 p.m.:

…say what?!?!?!?!

Update, 1:11 p.m.:
Statment from Steve Yzerman on the trade…

"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."

"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. 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."

…i'm real courious to see how this plays out for Callahan. Is he going to re-sign with Tampa or test free agency. And how much is he going to get? Could you imagine if he ultimately signs with a team for less than the Rangers are offering. I really hope he fires his agent, who I feel led him astray.

Original Post:
The Rangers have traded  Ryan Callahan, a first round pick (2015) and second round pick (2014) to the Tampa Bay Lightning for Martin St. Louis.

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

Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.com reports that the Callahan camp went down close to $6 million a year, but still north of it and that the NMC was big issue too.

Katie Strang at ESPN says that St. Louis is trying to get to New York to play tonight.

…i have to say, I'm stunned. I thought all along that the two side would eventually get together on a compromise. If Callahan really wanted to be a Ranger, the money was on the table for him to take. Got to say I'm dissapointed in our former captain.

…as far as getting St. Louis, he automatically makes the Rangers a better team and very dangerous down the stretch. St. Louis is under contrat till end of next season at $5.625M per year, so the Rangers actually are better off financially with the Lightning captain than re-signing Callahan at $6M per.

…i know a lot of fans are upset that the Rangers gave up two picks, but c'mon Sather just saved himself from another Jessiman incident.

…now the big question is, who becomes the Rangers captain? My money's on Staal.

…assuming you guys have some thoughts on the trade. Let's here them in the comments section.

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