Rangers acquire St. Louis from Lightning

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Posted: Mar 05, 2014 1:40 PM

(Reuters) - The New York Rangers made the first big splash of the National Hockey League's trade deadline day by acquiring Martin St. Louis from the Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday in exchange for captain Ryan Callahan and two draft picks.

St. Louis, 38, requested a trade after he was snubbed by general manager Steve Yzerman - also the general manager for Team Canada - when the roster for the 2014 Olympic squad was announced in January.

The NHL's reigning scoring champion was eventually added to the team as an injury replacement and went on to win a gold medal but that did little to change his mind.

"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 statement. "We wish him and his family the best of luck as he continues his career in New York."

St. Louis, a six-time All-Star and former Hart Memorial Trophy winner as most valuable player who won a Stanley Cup with Tampa Bay in 2004, joins a Rangers team that is third in the Metropolitan Division.

Callahan, 28, has 11 goals and 25 points in 45 games for the Rangers this season and joins a Lightning team that is sitting in third place in the Atlantic Division.

In addition to Callahan, the Rangers sent a conditional second-round pick in the 2014 NHL Draft and a first round selection in 2015 to acquire St. Louis.

The Lightning's conditional second round pick becomes a first-round pick in the 2014 NHL Draft if the Rangers reach the Eastern Conference final this season.

The deadline for trades is 3 p.m. ET (2000 GMT).

(Reporting by Frank Pingue in Toronto; editing by Julian Linden)