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Lightning's St. Louis traded to Rangers

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St. Louis didn't say much about the trade rumors after returning from the Olympics. St. Louis didn't say much about the trade rumors after returning from the Olympics.
TAMPA (FOX 13) -

Martin St. Louis has gotten his wish. The Tampa Bay Lightning captain was traded to the New York Rangers ahead of the NHL's trade deadline.

The Bolts will get New York's captain, Ryan Callahan, along with a first-round pick in 2015 and a conditional second-round pick in 2014.

Rumors about a possible trade had been swirling for weeks after Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman initially passed on selecting St. Louis for the Canadian Olympic team.

St. Louis ended up skating in Sochi -- and earning the gold -- anyway, thanks to an injury to teammate Steve Stamkos.

In announcing the trade, the team confirmed that it was spurred on by a request from St. Louis himself.

"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," Yzerman said in a team-issued press release.  "We wish him and his family the best of luck as he continues his career in New York."

In an exclusive interview with FOX 13, St. Louis said it was a "tough day" but he thanked the fans in Tampa for their support.

"I know it's a sad day for everybody and it's a sad day for me in many ways. I'm excited about what's ahead of me but it's the business and it's a tough day for everybody," he said moments before getting onto a private plane to New York.

Stamkos, meanwhile, has been cleared to return to the ice. He broke his leg slamming into a goal post in Boston back in November.

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