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Trade Bait: Martin St. Louis

Mar 28, 2013, 11:34 PM EDT

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The NHL’s trade deadline is Wednesday, April 3. Following is a player that may be moved. For more “Trade Bait,” click here.

Through good times and (mostly) bad, Martin St. Louis has been a go-to guy for the Tampa Bay Lightning. With that and in his sustained brilliance in mind, various outlets indicate that he’ll only be traded if that’s what he wants.

As the league’s fourth-place point producer at 42 points, St. Louis would likely draw heavy attention from the trade deadline’s buyers – even if there are always those complaints about his size and age (37).

The Boston Globe’s Kevin Paul Dupont placed the sweet playmaker on the top of his post-Jarome Iginla wish list alongside San Jose Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle. Sportsnet’s Jason York also mentioned the New York Rangers as a potential suitor, which would make sense since St. Louis enjoyed his greatest moments while being coached by John Tortorella.

Considering the downright grim times St. Louis has been through with Tampa Bay, it wouldn’t be shocking if he insisted to stay put.

Still, his advanced age at least begs the question.

He brings the added benefit of being more than a rental, too. The diminutive forward’s friendly contract carries just a $5.625 million cap hit through 2014-15.

Then again, that term might hurt the odds of him joining the Bruins (who will join the Lightning in a realigned division next season). It’s one thing to rent a hero to a team in another conference when he only has a few months left on his deal. If the Lightning trade St. Louis to Boston, they might have to watch him set up guys like Tyler Seguin instead of Steven Stamkos for two full seasons.

With the big Iginla fish already captured, it’s fun to at least imagine guys like St. Louis going. Especially since you can argue that he has just as much – if not more – to offer in a smaller package.

  1. nunan - Mar 28, 2013 at 11:41 PM

    I highly doubt he goes anywhere. Not sure why his name started floating around in the first place..Iginla was obviously up for grabs. St Louis, not so much.

  2. gamechanger87 - Mar 28, 2013 at 11:42 PM

    Shero is in talks with him now..stay tuned

  3. uscthom78 - Mar 28, 2013 at 11:46 PM

    the Blues would be a perfect fit for obvious reasons.

  4. steelhammer92 - Mar 28, 2013 at 11:59 PM

    Too late Boston. Shero just got him for a bag of peanuts and a conditional 2025 7th round pick. The Bruins offered a 1st and 2nd round pick this year and a 1st next year, but St Louis said he’d only accept a trade to Pittsbugh. Better luck next time.

  5. blackhawks2010 - Mar 29, 2013 at 12:01 AM

    I’d love to see him wear the Indian. Awesome player

    • chanceoffleury1 - Mar 29, 2013 at 1:29 AM

      He’s one of the best set up guys in the league. There’s about 29 other teams that would love to see him wearing their logo, too!

  6. gbditka - Mar 29, 2013 at 12:16 AM

    As a Devils fan, if the Lightning could pull igger by 7:30m EST tomorrow night….sure would be appreciated! Nothing but respect for Martin St. Louis, wish him the best as he winds down a stellar career no matter what city he represents!

    • gbditka - Mar 29, 2013 at 12:19 AM

      “pull the trigger” — (my apologies for not proofreading prior to posting)

      • kegmen7 - Mar 29, 2013 at 9:06 AM

        itd be a lot of fun watching him with kovy….

  7. bensawesomeness - Mar 29, 2013 at 12:43 AM

    30 teams in the league would be lying if they said they wouldn’t want St. Louis, or that they couldn’t see him setting up your superstar(s)

    Personally, seeing him set up Datsyuk would be alot of fun.

    But safe money’s on him not leaving Tampa, i think he likes playing with Stamkos too much

  8. chanceoffleury1 - Mar 29, 2013 at 1:57 AM

    It’s gonna take a lot more to get St. Louis out of Tampa than it took to get Iggy out of Calgary (as in more than the Boston offer). If he stays in Tampa he’s not gonna have regrets at the end of his career. He is playing with one of the best players in the world and already has a Cup. What more could an undrafted 5’8″ guy ask for out of an NHL career? I just don’t get the vibes that St. Louis has a desire to chase a second Cup. I feel like he’d rather finish his career setting up Stamkos night in and night out while being able to be with his family and such in Tampa.

    Besides, I still don’t think Tampa is that far away from being a decent team, either. Probably not gonna win another Cup during St. Louis’ career, but he could still get some playoff time if he stays in Tampa. They’re gonna get a decent draft pick this year and if they pick up a goalie they’d immediately become a bubble team. It seems like there might be a couple decent goalies up for grabs/on the table this summer, too. Not to mention they seem to have a great prospect pool. St. Louis is a great guy in the locker room to model your career off of. You can’t put a price on the veteran leadership he brings to a young team like Tampa.

  9. 19to77 - Mar 29, 2013 at 2:18 AM

    He won’t move for the same reasons Iginla DID move – they went into the Finals in 2004, and one came out with the Cup while the other left empty-handed. Nine years later, they’re both in their twilight years, but St. Louis has nothing to prove. He’s won the Hart, the Art Ross, Lord Stanley’s… it’s just not critical to someone who’s done it already.

    Besides, as James pointed out, he’s signed ’till 2015. He’s got two more years to change his mind if he wants to.

  10. hockeywithdrawal - Mar 29, 2013 at 8:17 AM

    I agree with some that they shouldn’t move St. Louis – part of Tampa’s goal HAS to be to keep Stamkos happy, also. He’s on a five year contract and St. Louis’ ends the year before him. Tampa doesn’t have the biggest draw in the league, and many of those people come out to see St. Louis and Stamkos. Trading Stamkos’ set up guy a year into Stamkos’ new contract might not sit well.

    Not a boat you want to rock.

  11. lsxphotog - Mar 29, 2013 at 8:38 AM

    Why would they ever get rid of the most spectacular player in the organization? The mentor to Stamkos and Conacher? The face of the franchise? The over-eager Tampa Tribune writer started all this BS as speculation…with Boucher out, I doubt they move the leader of the team.

  12. 5hole26 - Mar 29, 2013 at 10:09 AM

    hell be in the franchise uniform by the end of the week. lord shero will get it done. stamp it

    • bakedbees - Mar 29, 2013 at 10:21 AM

      blowhole suits you better

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