So what is New York getting in St. Louis? Well, he was one of the best players in Tampa Bay Lightning history, he was instrumental in the team’s 2004 Stanley Cup Championship, and even though he’s 38 and had been supplanted by Steven Stamkos as the Lightning’s best player, he still led the league in scoring last season.
Most importantly, St. Louis has one more year on his contract, giving the Rangers an extra year of team control over a highly productive player. Should Callahan resign with Tampa Bay, however, he and Stamkos would form the nucleus of what should be a contending team for years to come. Good deal for both parties.
Montreal wins the Thomas Vanek sweepstakes
If the Bruins missing out on Vanek wasn’t bad enough, the fact that he’s going to Montreal for what doesn’t appear to be much looks like a worst case scenario for Bruins fans.
Vanek was one of the most highly sought-after players of the deadline, and it was well known that a number of teams, including the Bruins, were interested in him. So for him go to the team’s biggest rival for only prospect Sebastian Collberg and a conditional second round pick is a bit of a tough pill to swallow. You’d think the Bruins could have beaten that price.
By landing Vanek, Montreal is getting one of the most consistently productive players in the league. He scored 25 goals or more in each of his first seven seasons to start his career, and likely would have topped that mark last year as well if it wasn’t for the lockout.
He’s also a notorious Bruins killer, and during his time in Buffalo he averaged more than a point per game against Boston.
While they missed out on Vanek, the Bruins weren’t completely silent at the deadline and did address a glaring need on the roster.