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St. Louis: ‘I wouldn’t say that I’m motivated more now’ after Olympic snub

Jan 20, 2014, 9:13 AM EDT

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It’s hard not to notice how well Lightning captain Martin St. Louis has played lately.

In his past eight games, he has eight goals and four assists including his four-goal game against San Jose on Saturday. That run of great play also coincides with him being omitted from Team Canada’s roster for the Olympics.

St. Louis tells Damian Cristodero of the Tampa Bay Times one doesn’t have to do with the other.

“I wouldn’t say that I’m motivated more now,” he said. “That’s far from the truth.”

“I don’t think I’m playing 10 times better now,” he said. “I played some pretty good hockey before then.”

That’s a fact. Prior to his hot play of late, St. Louis had 38 points in 42 games. Now he’s on a point-per-game pace with 50 points in 50 games and leading the Lightning in scoring. Those stats make leaving him off the Canadian roster all the more head-scratching, especially with his own GM, Steve Yzerman, picking the Canadian team.

With Steven Stamkos‘ return on the horizon and Tampa Bay tied with Boston atop the Atlantic Division, making a run at the Stanley Cup makes for a decent backup prize.

  1. ethanmacleod1685 - Jan 20, 2014 at 10:16 AM

    Still can’t believe Mila Kunitz got picked over him

  2. gotstamkos - Jan 20, 2014 at 10:40 AM

    Can anyone explain how he may, if possible, get on the team? i.e. injury to current player, alternate, etc… Or is it set? I’m sure it would not be the same, but I’d bet he would relish the opportunity and play as he is now to show it should have happened the first go round. Also, remember it was not Stevie Y’s picks. Babcock and others had a say collectively. They say Babcock chose others because he wanted speed in the bigger ice. Sorry Babs but the little guy just gets it done!

    • joey4id - Jan 20, 2014 at 10:50 AM

      Writing about selecting Stamkos, Global News wrote the following;

      “But this wasn’t difficult because Canada really had nothing to lose. If Stamkos is unable to play a game by early February before the NHL breaks for the Olympics, an injury replacement can take his place.”

      • gotstamkos - Jan 20, 2014 at 11:08 AM

        Thank you Joey. and whats up with thumbs downs??

    • joey4id - Jan 20, 2014 at 11:21 AM

      Welcome to PHT where you get thumbed down for posting factual comments. Happens all the time.

      BTW, here’s a little more info for you with respect to why they had to name Stamkos.

      “We had to announce 25 players today. If he’s healthy, he’s obviously one of the 25 best players in Canada and should be on that team. We’re not allowed to name 24 today and wait and see a 25th.

      “If we didn’t name him today, if no one is injured between now and then, and we hope no one is, we wouldn’t be able to name him.” – Steve Yzerman

      • gotstamkos - Jan 20, 2014 at 11:30 AM

        Again, Thanks for the insight.

  3. lightning69 - Jan 20, 2014 at 1:07 PM

    The question still remains…Was it calculated to name Stamkos to protect the roster spot, and then replace him with St. Louis if Stammer can’t? Or does the Canadian Committee still have St Louis near the bottom of their lists?

    Speed has been a big part of his game, and if anything, Marty looks even faster this year.

    People have to remember that St Louis is putting up these numbers, not just without Stamkos on his line, but TWO TRUE ROOKIES!! Tyler Johnson and Ondrej Palat. Johnson is very fast, and St Louis is playing as fast as TJ and “faster” because of his hockey smarts.

    Lightning have played games this year with up to 14 guys on the bench that were in the AHL last year.

    What happens when the D starts gelling and Bishop doesn’t have to put up a Vezina performance every night??

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