In capping off a whirlwind day, former Tampa Bay Lightning captain Marty St. Louis spoke to the media in New York hours after his trade request was granted.

St. Louis made his debut with the New York Rangers, playing 20 minutes, 11 seconds with three shots on goal and was a minus-1 in New York’s 3-2 overtime loss to Toronto. He and wife Heather have a home in nearby Connecticut, which is less than an hour away from Madison Square Garden.

Following the game, he addressed the emotions of when he made his decision to leave the Lightning, which came on Jan. 7 in Winnipeg when he was left off the initial Canadian Olympic roster, which was headed up by Tampa Bay general manager Steve Yzerman.

“That day in Winnipeg was a tough day for me, I’m an emotional guy but once the dust settled I still felt strongly in what I wanted and what was best for me, the organization and my family,’’ St. Louis said.

After the trade was made, St. Louis did not meet with the Tampa media and did not immediately respond to requests for a comment other than a text message to the Tribune apologizing for not taking questions right away.