At first blush, it looked like a routine transaction: The New York Rangers dealt prospect Daniel Walcott to the Tampa Bay Lightning for a 2015 seventh-round pick on Monday.
But it was actually the latest reverberation in a March 2014 trade that was complicated on basically every level.
That’s because Tampa was sending back New York’s own pick — one it had originally acquired as part of the Marty St. Louis/Ryan Callahan deal. Almost 15 months on, the smaller aspects of that captain swap are still being sorted out.
In addition to the big-name players switching teams, Tampa originally acquired a conditional 2014 second-round pick from the Rangers along with a 2015 first-rounder. When New York reached the Eastern Conference final last spring, the conditional pick turned into another first-rounder, which the Lightning flipped to the Islanders on draft day for two second-round picks (they drafted Dominik Masin at No. 35 and Johnathan MacLeod at No. 57).
There’s more. As part of a condition of the trade, when Callahan signed a $34.8-million, six-year contract extension with Tampa last June the Lightning had to send a 2015 second-round pick to the Rangers in exchange for the seventh-rounder that was part of Monday’s deal.
By the end of the month, there should be player names attached to every aspect of the original trade. However, it will be a long time before it can be evaluated in full.
As for the most recent development, Walcott is a defenceman with the QMJHL’s Blainville-Boisbriand Armada. The 21-year-old had 41 points in 54 games this season and was a fifth-round pick of the Rangers in 2014.
Here is an updated look at where the deal stands:
To Tampa: Ryan Callahan, defence prospects Dominik Masin, Johnathan MacLeod and Daniel Walcott; and a 2015 first-round pick.
To Rangers: Marty St. Louis, and 2015 second-pick and seventh-round pick.