The biggest deal of the National Hockey League trade deadline Wednesday saw veteran Tampa Bay Lightning All-Star forward Martin St. Louis being shipped to the New York Rangers for winger Ryan Callahan and two draft picks.
In the swap of team captains, the Lightning will conditionally receive a first-round draft pick in 2015 and a second-rounder in 2014. The second-round pick would become a first-rounder if the Rangers make it to the Eastern Conference finals this year. In addition, the Rangers would receive a second-round draft pick in 2015 and the Lightning a seventh-round pick in 2015 if Callahan re-signs with Tampa Bay.
St. Louis requested a trade after not initially being selected for Team Canada’s Olympic team by Lightning general manager and former Team Canada GM Steve Yzerman.
The 38-year-old St. Louis was in the midst of a stellar season with 29 goals and 32 assists for 62 points. The 28-year-old Callahan has 11 goals and 14 assists this season.
In other moves Wednesday:
The Los Angeles Kings acquired forward Marian Gaborik from the Columbus Blue Jackets for forward Matt Frattin and two draft picks. Gaborik, who appeared in just 22 games this season due to a collarbone injury, will be an unrestricted free-agent at the end of the season.
Columbus gets right winger Matt Frattin and two draft picks — reportedly a second-rounder and a conditional third-rounder. The 32-year-old Gaborik has 342 goals and 688 points over 13 seasons with the Blue Jackets, Rangers and Minnesota Wild. The 26-year-old Frattin, has two goals in 40 games this season.
The Florida Panthers sent veteran goalie Tim Thomas to the Dallas Stars in exchange for goalie Dan Ellis, according to reports. The 39-year-old Thomas posted a 16-20-3 record with a 2.87 goals-against average and a .909 save percentage this season with the Panthers.
The former Boston Bruins netminder returned to the NHL this season after sitting out in 2012-13. Thomas, who had a no-movement clause in his contract, will join Kari Lehtonen, who is the Stars’ No. 1 goalie, in Dallas. Ellis was 5-6-0 with a 3.04 goals-against average and a .900 save percentage in 14 games this season for the Stars.
The Minnesota Wild landed forwards Matt Moulson and Cody McCormick in a trade with the Buffalo Sabres for forward Torrey Mitchell and draft picks. Moulson has 17 goals and 38 points in 55 games in 2013-14.
The 30-year-old McCormick, also set to become an unrestricted free agent after the season, had one goal and five points in 29 games for the Sabres this season.
The Detroit Red Wings acquired center David Legwand from the Nashville Predators on Wednesday in exchange for right winger Patrick Eaves, a third-round draft pick and a prospect. Legwand, a Detroit native, waived a no-trade clause. In 62 games this season, Legwand had 40 points.
Eaves had two goals and three assists in 25 games this season.
The New York Islanders traded left winger Thomas Vanek to the Montreal Canadiens for a second-round draft pick and prospect Sebastian Collberg. In 60 games this season for the Isles and Sabres, Vanek has 21 goals and 53 points.
The Washington Capitals obtained goaltender Jaroslav Halak and a third-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft in a trade with the Buffalo Sabres for goaltender Michal Neuvirth and defenseman Rostislav Klesla.
In 40 games for the Blues, Halak had a 24-9-4 record with a 2.23 goals-against average and .917 save percentage. The 25-year-old Neuvirth had a 4-6-2 record with a 2.82 GAA and a .914 save percentage in 13 games this season.
The Ottawa Senators acquired right winger Ales Hemsky from the Oilers for a third-round pick in the 2015 draft and a fifth-round pick in this year’s draft. The 30-year-old Hemsky has nine goals and 26 points this season.
The New Jersey Devils acquired veteran winger Tuomo Ruutu from the Carolina Hurricanes for center Andrei Loktionov and a conditional third-round pick in 2017. In 57 games with the Hurricanes this season, the 31-year-old Ruutu has five goals and 11 assists.
The Pittsburgh Penguins acquired center Marcel Goc from the Florida Panthers for a fifth-round pick in this year’s draft and a third-rounder in 2015. The 30-year-old Goc has 11 goals and 12 assists in 62 games this season.
The Montreal Canadiens acquired goaltender Devan Dubnyk from the Nashville Predators for future considerations. Dubnyk was 11-18-3 in a 34 games this season with Edmonton and Nashville.
The Rangers added defensive defenseman Raphael Diaz from the Vancouver Canucks for a fifth-round pick in 2015.