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Video: Emotional day for Martin St. Louis ends in OT loss for Rangers

Mar 5, 2014, 10:31 PM EDT

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Martin St. Louis began the day as a member of the Tampa Bay Lightning. He’ll end it as a member of the New York Rangers after a tough overtime loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs.

St. Louis, who had been a member of the Lightning for 14 seasons, was shipped in a blockbuster deal to the Rangers in exchange for Ryan Callahan on Wednesday – the NHL’s trade deadline day. St. Louis made it to New York in time to make it into the lineup in his Rangers debut against Toronto. His debut included three shots on goal, no points and just over 20 minutes of ice time.

The Rangers conjured a quick third-period comeback, scoring twice in 1:19 to help send the game to overtime. Toronto center Tyler Bozak scored in the extra period for his second of the night to give the Maple Leafs the 3-2 win.

Wednesday brought an end to the St. Louis era in Tampa Bay, as it had long been evident he wanted out, with Lightning GM Steve Yzerman saying the club “honored his request today.”

After a day mostly used to travel, St. Louis spoke to the media after the Rangers-Leafs game.

“A lot of emotions today. I was blessed to play in one place for 14 years (and) I’ll cherish those years,” St. Louis said afterward, as per TSN’s Mark Masters.

  1. lowenni - Mar 5, 2014 at 10:52 PM

    Heard on NBC intermission that there were family implications involved in moving there. He has a house in Connecticut, I believe, and the Rangers were the only team he was willing to be traded to. Obviously something else private involved, assuming he wasn’t just tired of being in Tampa.

  2. ethanmacleod1685 - Mar 5, 2014 at 10:53 PM

    Still not sure what to make of this situation. I guess you can say that he was selfish for abandoning his team right before the playoffs but if he was unhappy then what can he do. It said he has wanted to leave for a while so can’t blame him plus his family live in NY.

    I think th e Lightning win this deal in the long run but the Rangers have a chance to win once again. Their playing quite well as team as of late but I’m still not convinced their deep enough for a run.

    • jaybertx - Mar 5, 2014 at 11:33 PM

      Correction — he has a house in Connecticut that he shares with his family but they lived in Tampa during the season. Marty will always be a TB legend but this exit was extremely poorly handled by Marty. If he wanted out, the offseason would have been the time to do it. He obviously was a piss poor match for the “C” that was on his sweater. If there is one thing that the Lightning need right now it’s veteran leadership — which is something that Marty WASN’T providing precisely when it was needed. We’ll welcome him back some day but for now good riddance.

      • challer9 - Mar 6, 2014 at 12:45 AM

        Yeah, he handled it so poorly. It’s not like, at the age of 38, he’s 5th in the league in goals or anything. You act like he went out there and loafed around while whining to be traded. I can’t find one article about St. Louis bringing this up in an in a presser or interview, it was all leaked rumors. Dude wanted to leave his job, he told his boss, and still went out there and did his job (without Stamkos). Get off his nuts.

  3. ethanmacleod1685 - Mar 5, 2014 at 10:53 PM

    St. Louis does look good in Ranger blue tho

    • cofran2004 - Mar 6, 2014 at 8:26 AM

      Cally looked better. Yeah, I understand the necessity of the trade. I even wanted it before it actually happened. Can’t help feeling bummed about it now though…

  4. nashernation - Mar 5, 2014 at 10:54 PM

    The Blue Shirts are lacking that Clowe or Prost type forward . Who is going to step up as the team leader with Cally gone? Time will tell but the lack of size in the front is a major concern.

    • President Charles Logan - Mar 6, 2014 at 1:11 AM

      aaron asham …?? is he still burried in the minors

    • cofran2004 - Mar 6, 2014 at 8:29 AM

      Kreider could be that guy if he matures. You can see it in his play… he’s callahan, but with the actual size to play that style. Just need him to stop taking stupid penalties and I think he’s our guy.

      At the moment though, I say the C should either go to McDonaugh or Girardi. If it goes to Girardi, give the now-available A to Nash or McDonaugh.

  5. mp1131211 - Mar 5, 2014 at 10:54 PM

    And his helmet still looks too big for him.

  6. ethanmacleod1685 - Mar 5, 2014 at 10:57 PM

    Must be hard for Lightnign fans this year. Seeing Lecavlier leaving, St. Louis leaving and Stamkos being injured for half the year. No one left from that 2004 championship team, sad.

    • pastabelly - Mar 6, 2014 at 8:34 AM

      Yeah, must be hard. They’re having a great season and on a playoff run and now Stamkos is back. They are only a couple years removed from being within a game of the Cup Finals and are developing a franchise goalie. Rough indeed.

    • pfhockey - Mar 6, 2014 at 4:47 PM

      It is.

  7. elrock7 - Mar 5, 2014 at 10:59 PM

    St.louis is a whining little biitch. Poor baby couldn’t make team Canada first time around, blames Yzerman, then demands he be traded ONLY to NYR.

    On top of that, Yzerman, who is all class, obliges and still manages to fleece Sather…Classic!

    • mp1131211 - Mar 5, 2014 at 11:09 PM

      Fleeced him? How?

      • stakex - Mar 6, 2014 at 12:10 AM

        Time will tell… but there are certainly situations in which this deal can be considered a major win for Tampa in the long run.

        However f Callahan doesn’t re-sign, the Lightning bomb out in the playoffs or Stamkos is lost without St. Louis, and the Rangers win the Cup this season…. it would be hard to say Sather was fleeced.

      • pastabelly - Mar 6, 2014 at 8:37 AM

        No fleecing here. Sather actually gets this year and next at friendly cap numbers for St Louis and Callahan is in a walk year. Sather made out well here. Yzerman dumped a team headache, which was St Louis’ attitude.

  8. muttbolts91 - Mar 6, 2014 at 7:59 AM

    Looked like Marty was crying again in the video.

  9. kastout11 - Mar 6, 2014 at 8:01 AM

    St. Louis is a baby. I cannot believe he forced a trade because his feelings were hurt that he was not one of the original 14 forwards selected for Team Canada by his GM. Get over it. Now, he is a member of the stinkng Rangers. I did not like St. Louis yesterday and now that he is a Ranger, I dislike (maybe even hate) him more today. What a selfish baby. Although, he did not record a point last night, it looked like he regained a little chemistry with Richards.

  10. psousa1 - Mar 6, 2014 at 9:13 AM

    I guess St. Louis thinks this is the NBA with his diva attitude

  11. penvik - Mar 6, 2014 at 9:59 AM

    So glad the majority sees the fact that Martin St. Louis was at fault here. I don’t care where you have a house in NY or England for crying out loud, you play wherever your told. That’s the business of pro sports. And team Canada could make multiple competitive teams for the Olympics, so LOTS of guys are left at home. Lost all respect for St. Louis yesterday and hope the fans of TB don’t forgive him. And Sather DID get fleeced, how u ask?? I ask how you can’t see it, a 38 year old midget for a 1st, 2nd & Callahan. Ha ha! That’s a fleecing on multiple levels. Oh well, good luck rags!

    • moarjam - Mar 6, 2014 at 12:57 PM

      ehhh I don’t see why everyone is so butthurt about this.

      The man has wanted to come to NY for years for FAMILY reasons. His wife is from the area. Maybe she didn’t like TB? Happy wife is a happy life. Maybe he doesn’t want his kids to grow up in TB? A lot of things could be in play.

      And then Yzerman, his boss, didn’t stand up for him with the Canada thing. IDK maybe he just thought he didn’t owe him anything after that and was going to do what he always wanted.

      IDK maybe its selfish but its no different than when anyone else leaves their job. And this is a job to them.

  12. xdj511 - Mar 6, 2014 at 11:20 AM

    Welcome to NY Marty. The line of St. Louis/Richards/Hagelin was amazing last night, even though they didn’t score. When Zucc comes back in a week or so the Rangers will have legitimate scoring threats on three lines, something they haven’t had in quite some time.

    That being said, they are now winless in three games (one point out of six) since the olympic break and just that quickly went from second in the Met to being in serious danger of falling out of the playoff picture. They really need to pull it together and start outscoring teams again, either by great goaltending and defense or offensive production. Preferably a combination of both.

  13. redsoxchamp11 - Mar 6, 2014 at 11:52 AM

    This has nothing to do with family. Period.

    This is simply a man that has grown to think he is bigger than a team. I live in Tampa. This guy was a walking legend here and considered to be one of the top players to ever wear the TB sweater, maybe behind only Andreychuck and Lecavalier. He let his pride being hurt by a team Canada snub that had zero to do with TB bother him to the point where he couldn’t work with Stevie Y anymore even though Stevie Y voted as a member of the selection panel for Marty to be on the team and the rest of the panel didn’t see him as a fit and therefore was not selected. That snub is what led to all of this. The fact that he can’t see beyond not being selected, then chosen as Stamkos’ replacement is extremely selfish and immature. You would think a 38 year old guy would know how this business works by now. Shame really…Tampa had a decent shot to go deep in the playoffs.

    • moarjam - Mar 6, 2014 at 12:30 PM

      Yeah, well, that’s just, like, your opinion, man.

      Its laughable that you pretend to know what went on behind the scenes or what MSL’s mindset was.

      • dueman - Mar 6, 2014 at 2:09 PM

        You mean that it’s laughable because, it’s a different view than how you pretended to know what went on behind the scenes, or what MSL’s mindset was, only a few comments above…

      • moarjam - Mar 6, 2014 at 9:58 PM

        Look man if you can’t tell the difference btw the two I don’t know what to tell you. Take a reading comprehension class I guess.

        I don’t pretend to know anything. Mine is purely speculative. Just asking questions. I didn’t state anything as fact like everyone here trying to bury him.

        The point is none of us knows how much of this Canada thing is involved. People here are acting like he has the emotional maturity of a middle school girl who has just been dumped. I think the guy deserves the benefit of the doubt. He’s earned it.

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