The trade that surprised many, and was the talk of trade deadline day throughout the NHL, was when the New York Rangers sent captain Ryan Callahan and two draft picks to the Tampa Bay Lightning for captain Martin St. Louis. It is the first time in NHL league history that a captain has been traded for a captain. The reason why the Rangers’ GM Glen Sather made this trade was to improve the Rangers’ goal scoring down the stretch of the regular season and throughout the playoffs.
While the Rangers did make the postseason, it was without much help from St. Louis, who played in 19 regular season games for the Rangers and only recorded one goal and seven assists. This is the same player who with the Lightning this season played in 62 games and scored 29 goals and had 32 assists. Whether it was adjusting to Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault‘s system or the city of New York, it is more than accurate to say St. Louis had a lot of struggles for the Rangers in the regular season.
With the postseason now underway, you cannot say St. Louis has finally gotten adjusted because it has only been one game. In that game though, where the Rangers beat the Philadelphia Flyers 4-1, taking a 1-0 series lead in this round one best of seven, St. Louis got two huge assists. Now while assists are great, St. Louis was acquired by the Rangers to score goals. In my opinion, St. Louis must find a way to put the puck in the back of the opponent’s net and help the Rangers go deep in the playoffs to consider this trade on deadline day to be a successful one for the Rangers.