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Lightning sends St. Louis to Rangers for Callahan, first- and second-round pick

By John Vogl

The first blockbuster of the day is in, and two captains are on the move.

Tampa Bay has traded disgruntled winger Martin St. Louis to the New York Rangers for pending free agent Ryan Callahan. The Rangers also get the Lightning's first-round pick in 2015 and their second-round pick in 2014.

According to Pierre LeBrun of ESPN and TSN, the second-rounder in 2014 to becomes a first if the Rangers get to Eastern Conference final. If Callahan re-signs in Tampa, then the Rangers get Tampa's second-round pick in 2015 and Tampa gets the Rangers' seventh-rounder in 201.

St. Louis is one of the most respected players in the NHL and a fan favorite in Tampa, which hosts the Sabres on Thursday. But he was upset when Tampa and Team Canada boss Steve Yzerman originally left him off the Olympic team. Though St. Louis was added as an injury replacement, the slight stung.

The Rangers and Callahan, who is from Rochester, were far apart on a new contract.

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John Vogl

John Vogl

John Vogl has been covering the Sabres since 2002-03, an era that has included playoff runs, last-place finishes and three ownership changes. The award-winning writer is the Buffalo chapter chairman for the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

@BuffNewsVogl | jvogl@buffnews.com

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