The New York Rangers have made the first big move of the day. They shipped captain Ryan Callahan, a 2014 second-round pick and a 2015 first-round pick to the Tampa Bay Lightning for winger Martin St. Louis. This trade proves that the Rangers are all-in for the next couple of years.
St. Louis led the NHL in point last season and is having another excellent season. Callahan has been injured for most of this season and has struggled to score consistently. The Rangers are taking a gamble on an older player, but St. Louis will help the Rangers tremendously over the next 2-3 years.
Clearly, this move means the Rangers are in win now mode. Henrik Lundqvist isn’t getting any younger, and players like Rick Nash and Brad Richards are aging as well. With the Eastern Conference being so weak, the Rangers are clearly trying to win it. Outside of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Boston Bruins, no other teams is distinguished as a contender. The Rangers made a move that is going to help them win this year.
St. Louis is going to fit in great with Alain Vigneault‘s system. He is also a good friend with Richards, and they both played together for the Lightning a while back. The two will definitely have chemistry. There are many ways to look at this trade. Obviously, this trade helps the Rangers this season, but will the lost draft picks come back to hurt down after their window closes?