Martin St. Louis announces retirement

New York Rangers forward Martin St. Louis is retiring after 16 NHL seasons, seven All Star selections and one Stanley Cup with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

St. Louis made the announcement Thursday, roughly a month after helping the Rangers reach the Eastern Conference finals, where they lost to the Lightning in seven games. He had 21 goals and 31 assists this past regular season, but had one goal and six assists in 19 playoffs games.

The 40-year-old St. Louis was uncertain whether he would return for another season after the Rangers were eliminated, but it was clear that New York was not going to bring the hard-working 5-foot-8 veteran back.

-- Defenseman Kevin Bieksa has agreed to a two-year, $8-million contract extension through 2018 with the Ducks. The Ducks announced the deal with Bieksa on Thursday, two days after the club acquired him from Vancouver.

-- In addition, defenseman Korbinian Holzer has re-signed with the Anaheim Ducks, agreeing to a one-year deal worth $750,000. Holzer never played for the Ducks after Anaheim acquired him from the Toronto Maple Leafs at the trade deadline March 2, but he will compete for a roster spot in training camp.

-- The San Jose Sharks signed former Harvard defenseman Patrick McNally to a two-year contract and forwards John McCarthy, Bryan Lerg and Micheal Haley to one-year deals.

-- Executive Wayne Thomas retired after 22 years with the organization.

-- Free-agent right wing Erik Condra has signed a three-year contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

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