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More trade talk surrounds the Lightning’s St. Louis

Mar 23, 2013, 7:56 PM EDT

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There was more discussion Saturday as to whether the Tampa Bay Lightning would move small but skilled forward Martin St. Louis.

“Let’s remember, too, that this is a situation – a lot like (Jarome Iginla) – the one person that can decide whether he wants to stay or be traded is Martin St. Louis,” Sportsnet’s John Shannon said during Hockey Central’s Trade Tracker on Saturday afternoon.

Jason York added during the same segment that he does not believe St. Louis will be traded, however he did list the Boston Bruins and New York Rangers as possible destinations St. Louis could be traded to.

St. Louis, at the age of 37, has seven goals and 39 points in 31 games. That puts him fourth overall in league scoring.

Not bad for someone pushing 40 years of age. If age is at all a concern for NHL general managers interested in acquiring the 5’8″ winger, then St. Louis is proving his doubters wrong.

“As you get older, I think people are expecting you to slow down,” St. Louis recently told the National Post.

“And if you let that creep into your head, I think it’s just going to speed up the process of slowing down, you know?

“I try to take care of my body and stay in good shape … I feel good out there. I don’t know what you’re supposed to feel like at 37 — this is my first time.”

There has been talk, as recently as six days ago, that the Lightning may consider trading St. Louis, who has one more year left on his four-year, $22.5 million contract.

  1. 19to77 - Mar 23, 2013 at 8:08 PM

    Stamkos will produce no matter who he’s with, but never quite like he does with St. Louis. Their synergy is incredible. You said it yourself – he has only seven goals this year. That means 32 assists, mostly on Stamkos’ goals. You trade St. Louis, you throw away that guaranteed dynamite pairing. They can’t trade Marty now. What they get back will never equal his worth.

  2. yvrmike - Mar 23, 2013 at 8:17 PM

    Luongo as there goaltending sucks

    • dolphincult - Mar 23, 2013 at 11:40 PM

      right idea but the bolts are trying to get younger dude…….and as much as I have nothn against luo’s performance there are much cheaper and younger goalies to tie an anchor to

  3. boltsfan777 - Mar 23, 2013 at 8:26 PM

    I hope he doesn’t want to leave, but if he does, I would eventually accept it since Marty wants to win, and the possibility of winning is what keeps him productive at this stage in his career. How long can he keep his heart in a franchise that consistently underachieves?

  4. leeeroooyjeeenkiiins - Mar 23, 2013 at 9:10 PM

    There’s still nothing here that’s even remotely substantial, just analysts trying to fill their required “reporting” with stories that probably have no basis whatsoever in reality.

  5. ravenscaps48 - Mar 23, 2013 at 10:43 PM

    Tampa is in a real pickle here. On one hand, he and Stammer are the dynamic duo of the NHL. On the other hand, his age and productivity level is at an amazing level, and they could probably get a good bit for him

  6. mathieug79 - Mar 24, 2013 at 1:12 AM

    Allright im gonna go ahead and say NO WAY St Louis is traded!!! And as for the goalie everyone is worried about. Next Year we have Andrei Vasilevski coming to North America, not sure if he’ll play in the AHL, or the NHL. As much as I would like a proven Goaltender, Luongo isn’t the answer, If we get Luongo, and Lindback or Vasilevski become very consistently good, we’re in the same picture as Vancouver right now. So lets play out the rest of the season, If we make playoffs, great. If we don’t we’ll take one of the top pick, get a great youngster, and Move on. I wouldn’t be surprised to see a shake up right before the draft, Tampa needs to free 1 spot on defense and 2 spot at the forward position, Barberio, JT Brown, and Connolly WILL play in the NHL next season. My guess is Brewer, Malone, and Crombeen. Hopefully we can trade for an enforcer who can actually fight as well to replace Crombeen’s horrible fighting skills!

  7. multiplemiggs - Mar 24, 2013 at 7:03 AM

    surprised no fkyers fans want him

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