St. Louis, Vanek headline trades made on deadline day
(Reuters) - The New York Rangers bolstered their Stanley Cup hopes with the addition of Martin St. Louis while the Montreal Canadiens added some scoring punch by landing Thomas Vanek ahead of the NHL's trade deadline on Wednesday.
The two forwards headlined a busy day that saw several big names change teams, including Marian Gaborik going to the Los Angeles Kings from the Columbus Blue Jackets and Matt Moulson going to the Minnesota Wild from the last-place Buffalo Sabres.
St. Louis requested a trade from the Tampa Bay Lightning after he was snubbed by general manager Steve Yzerman - also the general manager for Team Canada - when the roster for the 2014 Olympic squad was announced in January.
The NHL's reigning scoring champion was eventually added to the team as an injury replacement and went on to collect a gold medal but that did little to change his mind.
"He has been one of the greatest players in the organization's history but in the end we honored his request today," Yzerman said in a statement. "We wish him and his family the best of luck as he continues his career in New York."
The 38-year-old Lightning captain was traded to New York in exchange for Rangers captain Ryan Callahan and two draft picks.
St. Louis, a six-time All-Star and former Hart Memorial Trophy winner as most valuable player who won a Stanley Cup with Tampa Bay in 2004, joins a Rangers team that is third in the Metropolitan Division.
Callahan, 28, has 11 goals and 25 points in 45 games for the Rangers this season and joins a Lightning team that is sitting in third place in the Atlantic Division.
The Canadiens got a much-needed offensive boost by acquiring Vanek from the New York Islanders for a second round draft pick and forward prospect Sebastien Collberg. Continued...