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Mar 1, 2014; Dallas, TX, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Martin St. Louis (26) watches his team take on the Dallas Stars during the third period at the American Airlines Center. St. Louis scores two goals in the game. The Lightning defeated the Stars 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

NHL Trade Rumors: Tampa Bay Lightning confirm Martin St. Louis requested trade

The Tampa Bay Lightning went ahead and made the blockbuster trade of the deadline when they moved veteran star Martin St. Louis to the New York Rangers in exchange for Ryan Callahan and a pair of high draft picks. But while there was mystery about who facilitated the trade, a statement released by Tampa Bay helped clear that air.

For the first time, the Lightning openly and publicly acknowledged that Martin St. Louis had requested at trade out of town.

Per the statement released by the Tampa Bay Lightning:

“We’d like to thank Marty for everything he has done on and off the ice during his outstanding 13-year career in Tampa Bay. He has been one of the greatest players in the organization’s history but in the end we honored his request today. We wish him and his family the best of luck as he continues his career in New York.”

Many fans and analysts assumed that this was the case, but the confirmation helps bring closure. While Bolts fans are beat up over seeing St. Louis leave, it appears that a divorce was inevitable and the Lightning made out like bandits in the move.

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