The NHL trade deadline has finally come and gone, and the New York Rangers made arguably the biggest splash of them all by acquiring Martin St. Louis from the Tampa Bay Lightning for Ryan Callahan, per Katie Strang of ESPN.
Except it wasn't just Callahan.
The Rangers also surrendered a 2015 first-round selection and a conditional 2014 second-round selection, which could become a 2014 first-rounder if the Rangers reach the Eastern Conference Final. If the Lightning re-sign Callahan, the Rangers would receive a 2015 second-rounder, and Tampa would collect a 2015 seventh-round selection.
On the surface, the Rangers are a better team with St. Louis, but they paid a steep price for a 38-year-old. The potential to miss out on a first-round pick for three seasons in a row could be detrimental to the franchise's future.
If the Rangers do not win the Stanley Cup in the next two seasons, the trade could be considered a bust.
It’s way too soon to consider this a bad trade, but if it eventually is, it wouldn't be the first in Rangers history.
On the busiest day for trades in the NHL, we’ll take a look at three of those acquisitions that left New York fans and management shaking their collective heads.
Here are the three worst trades in Rangers history.