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Yzerman thanks St. Louis, ‘but in the end we honored his request’

Mar 5, 2014, 12:44 PM EDT

Steve Yzerman AP

A statement from Tampa Bay general manager Steve Yzerman after the Lightning traded Martin St. Louis to the Rangers:

“We’d like to thank Marty for everything he has done on and off the ice during his outstanding 13-year career in Tampa Bay. He has been one of the greatest players in the organization’s history but in the end we honored his request today. We wish him and his family the best of luck as he continues his career in New York.”

A nice statement. Though one wonders if, privately, Yzerman is talking so diplomatically about St. Louis, who took his initial omission from Team Canada’s Olympic roster — a roster that Yzerman was ultimately responsible for compiling — so personally.

St. Louis has not fared particularly well in the court of public opinion since his trade request was first reported. And while at least one Florida media member doesn’t blame the 38-year-old for asking out…

…it’s worth mentioning what Team Canada coach Mike Babcock said about Yzerman after winning gold in Sochi.

“What makes Steve a good leader? No. 1, he is a good person and he understands what is right and what is wrong,” Babcock said.

“Even though the hard decisions are hard, he’s not scared to make them.”

  1. iammrbinky - Mar 5, 2014 at 12:50 PM

    Stevie was the best Captain during his playing days and is doing an excellent job as a GM. See ya back in Detroit after Holland retires. The Wings are in great hands for years to come.

    • pastabelly - Mar 5, 2014 at 1:09 PM

      St Louis has sold out his teammates in the middle of a run that will get them to the playoffs. All of this was done after whining about an Olympic selection. It’s a shame that let down his teammates and tarnished his own image (now, just another selfish guy) because of a dispute with Yzerman.

  2. lowenni - Mar 5, 2014 at 12:52 PM

    Sort of understand this from St. Louis’ perspective, but still pretty dissapointed in him. Wish he would’ve finished his career in Tampa instead of doing this after being named captain, when he needed to be a team player more than ever. Lightning had a special team this year too. Too bad.

  3. withseidelinn - Mar 5, 2014 at 12:55 PM

    Not sure why being snubbed from Team Canada would piss off Marty this much. Rangers are not as good a team as Tampa, he was eventually placed on the Canadian roster and got his gold medal. He needs to understand that Yzerman had to take a completely unbiased approach to naming that team, and he did. The whole situation just seems childish on St. Louis’ part.

    • gotstamkos - Mar 5, 2014 at 1:09 PM

      In reference to Sochi; To my understanding the decision was not solely Yzerman’s. There were six voters and a coach that demanded his offense play with D in mind..not in Marty’s wheel house. If it is pouting then I feel a bush league move from a Captain (again, if rumors are true).

  4. gotstamkos - Mar 5, 2014 at 12:59 PM

    After it’s all said and done…Thanks for the greatness that was St. Louis during his tenure! Good luck to ya. Time to move on. We’ve now lost Vinnie and Marty in a calender year, which shows how the business end of things work. Sucks, but it’s the biz. Personally I don’t like what the rumors say of how he’s leaving (if true – turns my stomach that Marty would go out that way), but again they are all rumors and maybe one day we’ll find out the truth (or maybe it’s best we don’t so we can focus on the here and now). I do know one thing is for certain: We have a game tomorrow and Stammer is BACK!!! Hope Callahan will gel right from puck drop! He plays a little more D than St. Louis, which we desperately need. No comparison…because it’s not fair, but we need to stop our current run of giving up leads if we are to make the playoffs. I still have confidence Stevie Y knows what he’s doing for the long run. GO BOLTS!

  5. bucrightoff - Mar 5, 2014 at 1:01 PM

    Considering he had only 1 team to trade with, Yzerman did remarkably well. Considering his trade history (see Ben Bishop for Corey Conacher), he appears to be one of the best GMs in the league already.

  6. flyerspsu - Mar 5, 2014 at 1:05 PM

    I really think this was best for Tampa, they weren’t going to be good enough to be a contender in the next few years while Marty was finishing out his career, instead they moved him for future pieces while he was still young enough to get a good, actually surprisingly great return, now Tampa is on a faster track to build a contender

    Yzerman is looking like a genius GM, Tampa seems like they are going to be scary in the future, them and Columbus

  7. runhigh24 - Mar 5, 2014 at 1:07 PM

    St. Louis has always seemed to be a first class player but running out on him teammates as team captain just because he didn’t make a glorified all star team will forever sour his reputation.

    • gotstamkos - Mar 5, 2014 at 1:15 PM

      agree 100%. There are a lot of unhappy fans down here. Interesting to see which jersey’s show up tomorrow night? Might be some black tape covering something above #26. Shame he’s leaving on this note after 13 years!

  8. hosewater2 - Mar 5, 2014 at 1:12 PM

    Sometimes Stevie, doing the right thing for your franchise hurts good people. Carry on.

  9. chaseutley - Mar 5, 2014 at 1:13 PM

    The lesson for the day is: Taking the high road is more powerful taking the low road.
    Thus endeth the lesson.

  10. 11stanleycups - Mar 5, 2014 at 1:45 PM

    A tough decision that St Louis is acting childish over. Enjoy your pout in NY Marty.

  11. joey4id - Mar 5, 2014 at 1:58 PM

    We can’t judge St. Louis unless we have all the facts. Not everything is reported by the press. There are still reporters who would not print certain stories if they related to some private and personal matters. Don’t judge a man until you walk a mile in his shoes. We don’t know if there was a riff between GM Y and St. Louis before the Olympic snub. St. Louis had a right, and he exercised that right.

  12. thresh44 - Mar 5, 2014 at 2:42 PM

    The news of Marty’s trade has really made a difference in my life! For example, it has motivated me to send my first Tweet ever and now to sign up for a free blogging account at WordPress.com just so I could share the news with all you good people.

    So here it is, the Tweet that started my life as a blogger:

    Goodbye MARTY @MartyStLouis – go POUT in NY. WELCOME @RyanCallahan24!!! Enjoy the sun and the best fans in hockey! #teamplayermyass

    Man I hope that hashtag catches on!

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