Jan 30, 2014; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Martin St. Louis (26) during warmup prior to game against Ottawa Senators at Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports

Martin St. Louis admits speaking to Steve Yzerman about future with Lightning

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.

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.

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:

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..

Yikes.

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