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Report: Martin St. Louis is ‘locked on’ the Rangers

Feb 26, 2014, 7:32 PM EDT

A lot can change between today and next Wednesday’s trade deadline, but it sounds like Martin St. Louis isn’t just asking for a trade … he’s being rather specific about the destination. TSN’s Darren Dreger reports that the Tampa Bay Lightning’s captain is currently “locked on” the New York Rangers.

There have already been rumors about the Lightning and Rangers discussing a captain-for-captain trade in swapping St. Louis with Ryan Callahan. There’s no word on whether that deal is still the foundation of such chatter, but it’s already been noted that St. Louis lives in nearby Connecticut.

The 38-year-old has a no-movement clause, so he can exercise some power in this situation, and might feel that much more justified in dictating where he goes after the controversies regarding being initially left off of Team Canada by Lightning GM Steve Yzerman.

St. Louis carries a $5,625 million cap hit that will expire after the 2014-15 season. If Callahan remains the big name the Bolts seek in return in a hypothetical trade, the Rangers would get an extra year of services, as it’s well-documented that Callahan’s deal is expiring after this season.

St. Louis has 56 points in 58 games in 2013-14 and topped all NHL players with 60 points in 48 games last season. The Lightning’s next game comes against the Nashville Predators on Thursday.

  1. alicesrightfootesq - Feb 26, 2014 at 7:51 PM

    I can’t believe Saint Louis might be leaving. Was being left off the Olympic roster really that personal?

    • jernster21 - Feb 26, 2014 at 8:13 PM

      If it is, then it’s pretty telling of St. Louis character. If he demanded a trade because the GM of his professional hockey team made a decision that doesn’t even relate to the hockey team that pays him to play for a living, just to get back at him, that’s pretty sad.

      • storminator16 - Feb 26, 2014 at 8:36 PM

        I LOL’d.

      • 19inarow - Feb 26, 2014 at 9:51 PM

        Similar to Alfredsson.

        At this point in his career, with his accomplishments, and at his age (you sound much younger, but you’ll learn), he can make whatever decision he wants without having to answer to anyone but himself. If he were a kid of 25, I’d agree with you in a second (way too many entitled kids who think they deserve that which others have worked for), but he has earned his position. Earned, not entitled to. Learn the difference for your own sake.

        His character remains stellar.

      • c9castine - Feb 26, 2014 at 11:04 PM

        i can’t help but laugh my f’ing ass off and shake my head when i hear some bum on the internet calling into question the character of an undrafted free agent 5’6″ stanley cup and olympic gold champion hall of famer.

        you and the 30 odd thumbs up have lost your minds.

      • laxnhockey - Feb 27, 2014 at 8:49 AM

        c9castine – Feb 26, 2014 at 11:04 PM
        i can’t help but laugh my f’ing ass off and shake my head when i hear some bum on the internet calling into question the character of an undrafted free agent 5’6″ stanley cup and olympic gold champion hall of famer.

        you and the 30 odd thumbs up have lost your minds.

        So true, and don’t forget two-time Art Ross winner as well as a Lester B Pearson and Hart Memorial Trophy winner, and there are only 54 people in the world with the title of Hart Memorial Trophy winner. I cringe at the comparison with Alfredsson.

      • sheba102778 - Feb 27, 2014 at 11:43 AM

        I’m sure it has something to do with it. Let’s not forget that his home is in conn, one of his best friends and old teammate in Brad Richards plays for NY. There are many factors but to assume that an Olympic snub is the lone reason is ridiculous.

      • c9castine - Feb 27, 2014 at 1:25 PM

        yeah i didn’t forget my fingers were going fall off from trying to type out all his accomplishments….

        was a two time Hobey Baker finalist and ECAC player of the year as well.

    • stakex - Feb 26, 2014 at 8:17 PM

      It might have been…. but its likely there was tension between the two before the Olympic snub. I just can’t see him demanding a trade from a contender over JUST the Olympics.

      • dueman - Feb 26, 2014 at 8:40 PM

        If he’s only allowing Tampa to trade him to one team, and only one team, then I doubt that it was St. Louis that asked for the trade, but rather Tampa. If a player truly wants out, he would name more than one team I would think…

      • stakex - Feb 26, 2014 at 9:00 PM

        Doubtful dueman. All the rumors indicate that it was in fact St Louis that asked for the trade, and while I don’t generally put much stock in rumors…. the volume on this one is pretty overwhelming. Why he wants to go to the Rangers, and the Rangers alone on the other hand is anyone’s guess.

      • c9castine - Feb 27, 2014 at 1:12 AM

        i think there is something to what dueman is saying. i think yzerman wants callahan. i think he sees a bit of himself in callahan. i don’t know what that means.

        but i do know i have hardly ever seen not only a long tenured team star ask for a trade when he is still playing at peak form, but pretty much say “send me to that specific team or your gonna have problems”. i dunno

        one thing to remember is that this is the media, and none of this is fact. there was a time the media was writing articles based on “will sidney crosby ever play hockey again?!?!”

    • sndflyers - Feb 26, 2014 at 9:23 PM

      Uhhh…yeah , he wasn’t left off the Canadian Olympic roster.

      • moarjam - Feb 26, 2014 at 10:09 PM

        The reason he only wants to go to the rangers is pretty clear. His family lives in Greenwich, CT. It’s right outside of the city.

      • tuberippin - Feb 27, 2014 at 3:40 AM

        He was left off the initial roster for Team Canada and was put on as a substitute for the injured Steven Stamkos.

    • tdrusher225 - Feb 26, 2014 at 11:28 PM

      I doubt it. He’s a professional and he did eventually make the team so it can’t be that personal. I think is just about that he knows his career in Tampa is coming to a close and he would prefer to play for the Rangers, if he happens to be traded.

    • michael91148 - Feb 27, 2014 at 6:45 PM

      spoiled brat !
      nothing more nothing less.

  2. lowenni - Feb 26, 2014 at 7:54 PM

    I must admit I’m shocked he’s demanding a trade, even if he’s holding a huge grudge against Yzerman for the TC snub (and rightfully so). Tamba Bay has been great to him and it’s there that he’s gone through with his fantastic underdog story of succeeding in the NHL. On top of that, Tampa Bay looks like a serious contender this year and he enjoys fantastic success playing alongside his friend, Stamkos. It’d be nice to see him end his career where it started, not in a new organization because of a grudge against his GM. Bad situation for the Lightning.

    From a Rangers perspective though, it’d be a great deal and St. Louis would help them a lot. If I were Sather I’d get working. I’m guessing a combination of Zuccarello, J.T. Miller, and some picks would be neccesarry.

    • lowenni - Feb 26, 2014 at 8:06 PM

      Also, he’s the captain. It’s not reminscent of his great attitude to leave his teammates because of a personal issue with the GM or a snub from a team that isn’t related to the Lightning itself. If Yzerman was the GM of any other team but had still snubbed him, he wouldn’t be asking for a trade. He has a responsibility to his team as captain and beloved player.

    • jasminedonut - Feb 26, 2014 at 8:11 PM

      that is way too much, all this young talent for a 38 year old, Sather would be dumb to do that trade. Sather has all the leverage.

      • elrock7 - Feb 26, 2014 at 8:16 PM

        yeah but Sather is dumb

      • lowenni - Feb 26, 2014 at 8:22 PM

        Well the main point of my comment was about St. Louis. I don’t know much about the Rangers prospects so I was just guessing around, but St. Louis is an elite talent even at 38 and with the Lightning looking to contend this year I’d expect they’d want Zuccarello in return as he plays a similar style to St. Louis.

      • bcisleman - Feb 26, 2014 at 8:58 PM

        I was just going to say Sather IS pretty dumb…plus there’s nothing saying Stevie HAS to trade MSL and Sather has his own issues w/ his captain and Girardi…so he doesn’t really have any leverage.

      • moarjam - Feb 26, 2014 at 10:18 PM

        Sather is dumb when it comes to free agents. He doesn’t lose many trades. Wins them for the most part.

        Haha Zuc and miller? Give me a break. Sather has all the leverage here. Even if he didn’t its way too much. MSL screwed Stevie Y by leaking he only wants to go to NYR.

    • 7mantel - Feb 26, 2014 at 8:24 PM

      Zucand and JT for St Louis is a trade I would not like to see nor do I see it happening !

    • henrik4dawin - Feb 26, 2014 at 8:33 PM

      I hope they don’t trade Zucca– in reality, MSL is 38, and Zucca is a similar albeit worse player. I would prefer a combo of Callly, pick, and bottom 6 forward i.e boyler or D. Moore, or B. Pouliot

    • kirb26 - Feb 26, 2014 at 8:37 PM

      St. Louis actually started his NHL career in Calgary, not Tampa Bay.

    • stakex - Feb 26, 2014 at 8:44 PM

      Zuccarello, J.T. Miller, and some picks? Perhaps in Yzerman’s dreams maybe…. but not in anything that resembles reality.

      First of all, Zuccarello is a RFA this offseason. That means Sather can play hardball with him, and get him signed for a fairly decent price. Given that the Rangers have a minor cap crunch next season, they would gain nothing by trading him.

      That trade would also not solve the Rangers big issue right now…. the Callahan debacle. The center piece of any trade from the Rangers perspective will almost certainly be Callahan. He is the one player they actually need to trade (unless he comes back to earth with his demands), and his value is pretty decent… especially to a contender like the Lightning. The Rangers might need to add some more fluff to any such trade, but expect Callahan to be the only big name if it happens.

      The reality of it is that the Lightning are up against the wall with this situation. They pretty much have no choice but to move St Louis…. and he only wants to go one place. Advantage Sather, by a long shot.

      • sunking1 - Feb 27, 2014 at 10:35 AM

        Advantage Sather by a long shot? Remember, St. Louis is signed through next year. I don’t see where Yzerman will be forced to take a one sided deal to make this happen. If the only offer is St. Louis for Callahan and Callahan’s salary demands virtually ensure that he won’t be able to reach ocntract agreement with the Bolts, then Sather is going to have to sweeten the pot significantly for Yzerman to take the deal.

        While St. Louis may want a trade, I see nothing in his character that suggests that he will pout and his play will go onto the tank during the stretch run and playoffs (and, if it doesn’t happen before the trade deadline then the whole Callahan issue is moot) if no trade is made at this time. I also think that time will somewhat (but not completely) lessen the wound and I will not be surprised if St. Louis finishes this year and the next with the Bolts (at least until next years trade deadline approaches and St. Louis is showing no indication of signing another contract with the Bolts).

  3. bcsteele - Feb 26, 2014 at 7:54 PM

    True shame what’s happening with St. Louis. Even as a blues fan I always pictured him in a lightning sweater. Not sure there is a win-win situation here.

    • henrik4dawin - Feb 26, 2014 at 8:34 PM

      As a Rangers fan who would love to see him in a Rags jersey, I too find it extremely odd that he would ever be seen out of the Blue and White of Tampa

      • cofran2004 - Feb 27, 2014 at 7:20 AM

        Eh, our rangers still have blue and white in their colors…. it won’t be TOO big og a change.

        In a perfect world, this wouldnt be happening. I think both teams would prefer to keep their captains. But St. Louis wants out, and cally is asking way too much. Gotta get something for Cally, right? The rangers would even have St. Louis for next season too, assuming he doesn’t retire.

    • ctcork - Feb 27, 2014 at 10:57 AM

      A a Marty sweater-wearing Lightning fan, it would absolutely devastate me to see him go. Vinny’s exit, no matter how wise that business decision was, wasn’t easy and taking a second icon out of Tampa is as many years would hurt.

  4. grocerystick101 - Feb 26, 2014 at 8:03 PM

    There must be something else going on behind closed doors that the media hasn’t found out about yet. This can’t seriously just be about an Olympic snub… can it?

    • rbbbaron - Feb 26, 2014 at 8:21 PM

      Probably didn’t like Vinny being bought out either, but that’s easy when he doesn’t have to manage the organization (or himself in a situation like this)

  5. pfhockey - Feb 26, 2014 at 8:11 PM

    This is a lose-lose for the lightning, I don’t see it happening. The whole topic is ambiguous, he hasn’t specified that he wanted to be traded nor did Yzerman, they are just looking at trade offers I assume. the rumors are being blown out of proportion. Trading him makes absolutely no sense especially since the Lightning don’t need a replaceable player like Cally. This is just like last season where teams talk to Stevie for trading him but all MSL has “stated” NY is a possible destination out of any of those teams, what teams exactly, who knows, they are probably worse off than NYR. MSL is the heart and soul of TB and has been for a decade. I feel he’ll retire here.

    • dueman - Feb 26, 2014 at 8:50 PM

      I agree. I’m thinking this is just media driven hype to gear up for their trade day shows.

  6. mzim2756 - Feb 26, 2014 at 8:22 PM

    Don’t trade Zucchini

    • rbbbaron - Feb 26, 2014 at 8:28 PM

      Zucchini’s got nothin’ on Cucumber

    • 11111111111a22 - Feb 26, 2014 at 8:35 PM

      Hajahahahahaha! Awesome. Starting on RW, Mats Zuchinni. Starting on defense, Dan Ghiradelhi. Starting on LW, Rick Mashed-potatoes. And in goal, Henrik licorice.

  7. mzim2756 - Feb 26, 2014 at 8:22 PM

    Damn spellcheck

  8. ohnoflorio - Feb 26, 2014 at 8:43 PM

    This is an awful move 4 Rangers. I really believe Cally is overrated, however, ppl/teams around the NHL think very highly of him. You can’t trade a guy (Cally) in his prime for a 38 year old — no matter how good he may be. The rangers also can’t give TB anymore than Cally, if anything TB needs to throw in some young talent. The rangers desperately need a scorer like St Louis but not 4 Cally — doesn’t make ant sense. The views of most NYR fans on this trade that’s positive is VERY shortsighted…i like Cally, but I don’t love him, he is a grinder & not worth 7/42, I was thinking MAYBE 5/32 & after that 5th year he will prob get 2/8 – 9 anyway which would basically give him all his money…

    • stakex - Feb 26, 2014 at 8:55 PM

      Well, Callahan seems set on his sky high demands… so that leaves the Rangers little choice but to move him. Now while he might be highly sought after, his high salary demands actually hurt his trade value. For example, it was said a few days ago when the Callahan for St Louis rumors first started that the Lightning had no interest in meeting his contract demands…. as such, Callahan would only be a rental player for TB.

      Now TB is in a bind because they have to move St Louis, and he wants to go to all of one team…. so the Rangers have leverage. However, St Louis is a better player who is signed for next season at a very reasonable cap hit. A 1 for 1 trade would overwhelmingly favor the Ranger, and they should jump on it if it was available. However, the Rangers likely need to sweeten the pot a bit in order to pull this off…. a draft pick and a so-so prospect perhaps.

  9. flyerspsu - Feb 26, 2014 at 9:19 PM

    please dont go to the rangers, i beg of you Tampa, dont do it

    St Louis always kills the Flyers, the Rangers always kill the Flyers = not good for the Flyers

  10. sndflyers - Feb 26, 2014 at 9:25 PM

    I can’t believe we have people on here saying Marty St.Louis wasn’t on the Canadian Olympic roster, and then trying to provide a “knowledgeable” opinion.

    • flyerspsu - Feb 26, 2014 at 10:33 PM

      smh … they are referring to St Louis being snubbed off the original roster, he only made it after Stamkos was confirmed not to recover in time for the Olympics

    • uscthom78 - Feb 27, 2014 at 1:22 AM

      Also lets not forget Y left him off the roster in 2010.

  11. marino57 - Feb 26, 2014 at 9:57 PM

    As a lightning season ticket holder this would not be recieved well with the fan base. He is the heart and soul here. Don’t think Bolts will pay Cally what he wants. Sad if it’s all true.

    • cofran2004 - Feb 27, 2014 at 8:24 AM

      As an avid rangers fan that lives too far upstate to be a season ticket holder, this would suck just as much for us. I don’t think either of us want to see our captains go.

  12. bleedrangerblue - Feb 26, 2014 at 10:31 PM

    @lowenni. IDIOT!!

  13. zetaone - Feb 26, 2014 at 11:40 PM

    Well NYR is where big name careers go to die so… it’s fitting at his age.

  14. columbiannecktie - Feb 27, 2014 at 10:33 AM

    Tampa has looked better than NYR all season. Why would he want to go there? Sounds like a downgrade.

  15. flash8910 - Feb 27, 2014 at 12:12 PM

    If this is true (which is something I still highly question), then Tampa would be wise to ask for Giradi, not Callahan.

  16. cfos00 - Feb 27, 2014 at 12:52 PM

    The Rangers part of this equation just doesn’t make sense. There are a lot of other teams that are more well positioned to win a cup. They’re at best a long shot to get out of the East, let alone beat any team out of the West—many of which would probably look at him as an option. And money isn’t a factor. So why demand a trade there?

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