Martin St. Louis has finally addressed the rumors that he’d requested a trade prior to the Winter Olympic break. This on the heels of the fact that at least three NHL people have confirmed that the forward asked to be traded away from the Tampa Bay Lighting.
In just-posted blog: Heard from three different NHL people that Marty St. Louis did request a trade last month from Lightning…
— Arthur Staple (@StapeNewsday) February 26, 2014
The notion was that St. Louis was miffed about being left off of Team Canada’s initial roster, but he was later selected to replace Steven Stamkos. For his part, Stamkos seemed to believe that winning a gold medal would heal whatever rift there was between St. Louis and general manager Steve Yzerman.
He also doesn’t buy any of the current trade chatter.
— Chris Nichols (@NicholsOnHockey) February 25, 2014
St. Louis finally spoke up about the whole ordeal after returning from Sochi, and probably didn’t give Lightning fans the answer they were hoping for. Which would have been a definitive “no way.” Instead:
St Louis addresses trade rumors with brief answer “I’ve had conversations with Steve about my future with the team and I’ll leave it at that
— Erik Erlendsson (@erlendssonTBO) February 26, 2014
This situation is certainly worth monitoring. St. Louis has been the face of the Lightning for a number of years, and it’d be a massive blow against NHL participation in the Olympics if he decides to leave his current team because his manager didn’t select him to represent his country at first..