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St. Louis on struggles: ‘I haven’t gone through this in a long time’

Mar 30, 2014, 12:55 PM EDT

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Martin St. Louis has had a rough time since arriving in Manhattan at the trade deadline. He has yet to score a goal with the New York Rangers and, even despite being put on a line with former Tampa Bay Lightning teammate Brad Richards, his struggles are mounting.

Larry Brooks of the New York Post heard from St. Louis about how much of a struggle it’s been since changing addresses.

“I haven’t gone through this in a long time, so it’s a little bit of uncharted territory, meaning that I haven’t experienced that type of adversity in a long time,” St. Louis said.

“I’m getting tested mentally, no doubt. I have to keep fighting. I’m going to come through this as a better player.”

St. Louis, 38, has just three assists with the Rangers and in 13 games he has 24 shots on goal and the talk of his struggles in New York isn’t a new topic. The Rangers are in a strong position to make the playoffs, but they’ll need St. Louis to find his scoring touch if they’re going to go deep.

After how St. Louis’ exit from Tampa went, he may find it difficult to find sympathy for his struggles from fans in Florida and elsewhere as well.

  1. withseidelinn - Mar 30, 2014 at 1:14 PM

    If he truly left TB over Yzerman not selecting him for the Olympic roster, he made an incredibly stupid decision. Tampa is higher in the standings, has a better chance of going deep in the playoffs than NYR, and he would have got to end his career with one of the best players in the league. NYR isn’t good enough for him to win on that team before he retires. Don’t understand why he wanted to jump ship so bad.

    • stakex - Mar 30, 2014 at 2:17 PM

      Tampa is only slightly higher than the Rangers in the standings (Tampa is 4th in the East, Rangers 5th), and that’s mostly due to the fact that Rangers had a rough start to the season. Since December the Rangers have been one of the best teams in the league.

      Also considering the fact that Tampa missed the playoffs the last two seasons and is hardly a favorite this year its laughable to suggest that they are any more likely to win the Cup than the Rangers (or anyone) in the near future. The only thing Tampa has going for it that the Rangers don’t is Stamkos… but defense/goaltending is what wins Championships, and when it comes to defense and goaltending, I don’t think many people would pick Tampa over the Rangers.

      Of course this could all be settled should the Rangers and Tampa meet in the playoffs.

      • withseidelinn - Mar 30, 2014 at 4:58 PM

        That one spot in the standings is separated by 5 points, so NYR would have to win 3 more games then TB to pass them. I’m not a fan of Tampa by any means, but your point on NYR having a rough start is irrelevant. They had a rough start because they were outplayed by other teams and couldn’t get game ready by the time the season started. I’d take Tampa any day to go deeper than NYR.

      • moarjam - Mar 31, 2014 at 11:25 AM

        Tampa will have to go through Boston. Ya know, one of this years top teams in all the league and also a strong playoff tested team.

        With the pens looking beatable, and the rangers matching up well against everyone else on that side, I don’t see how you’d think Tampa has a much better chance to go deeper. Plus the fact that I don’t see either team being that much better than the other anyway.

        It sounds like straight bitterness or ignorance.

    • tdrusher225 - Mar 30, 2014 at 5:21 PM

      I’m not sure if the Lightning have a better chance of going deep, but I think both St. Louis and the Rangers made a mistake. He wanted to leave a team and system where he was comfortable and allowed him to be a play-maker next to the best pure goal scorer in the NHL. That dynamic earned him an Art Ross trophy last year. The Rangers wanted to give up their heart and soul captain along with 2 draft picks for a player that they now have to force into their team dynamic, and so far it hasn’t worked out. I understand not wanting to lose a franchise player for nothing in free agency (Suter, Parise, etc.) but Callahan fit well on this team and it doesn’t sound like he wanted to leave so I think they could’ve worked it out. All that aside, St. Louis is a great player and there’s still a chance he can make this work, but this whole situation seemed unnecessary and he has no one to blame but himself.

  2. murtdurt - Mar 30, 2014 at 1:18 PM

    Overrated crybaby

  3. patthehockeyfan - Mar 30, 2014 at 1:21 PM

    It’s called karma, Marty.

    I’m not disputing your demand to be traded from Tampa. That’s your right. The circumstances surrounding the demand, though, left a bitter taste behind.

    I don’t think, either, that you deserve to have happen to you what’s happening – your poor play.

    It’s just the old saying, “You reap what you sow.”

  4. bleedrangerblue - Mar 30, 2014 at 1:35 PM

    Look people don’t be so sure that Tampas better than the Rangers. As far as St Louis I hated the trade. He needs to get it together…. Fast

  5. slaugin - Mar 30, 2014 at 2:03 PM

    Serves him right

    • rangerbob77 - Mar 30, 2014 at 11:15 PM

      Relax who is doing all the crying it looks like vitriol from the Tampa fans …MSL WILL START SCORING just like Pierre McGuire said it will take at least 20 games and use Jerome inginla as a benchmark last time iI checked he had 30 goals this year…. MSL is getting chances has not been a disruptive force and the team is playing well not worse then when Cally left who by the way has been known for long scoring droughts(love Cally)so the upside for thus team when M S L SARTS SCORING AND THE DECIDE TO BURY THE ELEPHABT IN THE ROOM AND NAME RYAN MCDONOUGH CAPTAIN FOR THE PLAYOFF RUN IS HUGE!!!!

  6. LampyB - Mar 30, 2014 at 2:28 PM

    Stakex you completely overlooked Bishop when you said tampa doesnt have goaltending. Have you been living under a rock?

    • gaborik104life - Mar 30, 2014 at 2:45 PM

      He said that the Rangers have the advantage not that Tb do not have goaltending. Hank plays out of his mind in the playoffs and has been playing great as of recent so it is not that crazy of a statement. Furthermore Bishop is largely unproven in the playoffs if I am not mistaken.

      • cofran2004 - Mar 31, 2014 at 10:38 AM

        Who knew there were so many tampa bay fans? You made a legit point, and somehow ended up with 10 downvotes.

    • chanceoffleury - Mar 30, 2014 at 3:53 PM

      stakex completely overlooks anything that insinuates there are various teams that are better constructed than the Rangers. Like they also forgot that Tampa played without their best player for over half the season? Tampa’s sorta like the Flyers to me in that it’s not so much that they were a bad team, they were just underachieving in recent years. They had all the pieces to the puzzle, except for one or two corner pieces. Any team who doesn’t consider Tampa a sincere threat to the eastern conference is ignorant. I pity the dumb team that thinks playing Tampa is a “good” matchup in the playoffs. If Bishop and Stamkos get hot that team is as scary as any team in that conference.

      • stixzidinia - Mar 30, 2014 at 6:04 PM

        If i’m not mistaken, stakex is a Capitals fan.

  7. rushledger - Mar 30, 2014 at 2:31 PM

    This deal is like the Vanek NYI/buffalo trade not much changed for the team that got the better scorer yet they lost significant draft picks in the deal.

  8. mess1109 - Mar 30, 2014 at 3:02 PM

    I said from the beginning that this trade was awful for the rangers. Callahan for St. Louis straight up was a bad deal but to also throw in 2 high picks is just laughable. So Callahan is playing great and our guy does absolutely nothing… What a joke.. Good one Sather, keep up the good work u loser.

  9. jasminedonut - Mar 30, 2014 at 3:18 PM

    You suck Marty, you suck, you suck, you suck. You got all of the hockey world’s sympathy when you were ‘snubbed’ from team Canada, now you got most of the hockey world’s ire for your trade demand. My stupid Rangers traded an arm and a leg for you in terms of draft picks and their captain, who has looked great with 5 more goals than you since the trade. You are playing crappy, disinterested hockey. The only plus of having you on the team is you make Brad Richards not look as awful as he is. If you wanted to get closer to Connecticut, you should have asked for a trade to the Devils which is full of old guys like you. You are just another older star who dies out in NY. Terrible trade Sather, this should be the nail in your coffin as Ranger GM.
    (For the record, love Callahan and would still want him as a Ranger, but understand trading him due to contract. Wish they traded him for the ‘future’ package that SJ had, instead of for this bum)!

    • joey4id - Mar 30, 2014 at 3:39 PM

      WTF, stop whining…….. You sound like a pouting kid.

  10. President Charles Logan - Mar 30, 2014 at 3:33 PM

    I wonder if ya’ll will be saying this next season when he scores at least 65 -75 points and regains his scoring touch and leadership qualities

    • stixzidinia - Mar 30, 2014 at 6:21 PM

      Scoring points doesn’t make you a leader. Leaders don’t make trade demands and ditch their teammates because because they’re pouting about not getting picked for a team. Leaders don’t cut and run.

      • President Charles Logan - Mar 30, 2014 at 8:02 PM

        like you think this all about the nonsense that you read in the papers right? ….

      • stixzidinia - Mar 30, 2014 at 8:23 PM

        Tell us then, since you’re privy to the inside scoop, what’s it about? None of that stuff began until Yzerman passed him over.

      • jpcar7 - Mar 31, 2014 at 6:02 AM

        It wasn’t all about not being picked. He wanted out 3 years ago. I understand what your saying about being a leader and I’m all for having loyalty but he’s also a guy that’s been around long enough to be able to ask for these things. If he wasn’t then they wouldn’t have let him go. Don’t forget that part to.. Yzerman didn’t have to agree

    • jpcar7 - Mar 31, 2014 at 6:07 AM

      Fans are all about what’s happening right that second. I agree. Let’s see what they’re saying next year when he’s leading the team in scoring. Not every trade for top players is great right away. I still think this is gonna work out for the better in the long run. Besides once MSL scores himself a goal things will turn around and he could be a big bonus for the playoffs.

  11. muttbolts91 - Mar 30, 2014 at 10:17 PM

    Wwwhhhhaaaaaa :(

  12. frankiesweep - Mar 30, 2014 at 11:34 PM

    Karma..

    She’s a beee ach….

  13. muttbolts91 - Mar 31, 2014 at 1:13 AM

    Yeah but inginla didn’t have 4 former teammates on his team. MSL should have chemistry with them

  14. Simon Says Sport - Mar 31, 2014 at 2:01 AM

    Worst decision st.louis has done. Really misguided

  15. jpcar7 - Mar 31, 2014 at 5:57 AM

    As a Rangers fan for over 40 years I’ve certainly seen my share of star players come here and do nothing. I also loved Cally. But Cally scoring goals for Tampa now doesn’t mean he was just about to break out and score those goals for us. We know what he’s about. We’ve had him for 9 years. Sather wanted to get something for him and had a chance to get a top scorer that’s still playing solid. He will be fine and as for Cally I wish him the best but we can do much better things with that money instead of being strapped down for 6 years with a player that misses a lot of games. BTW St. Louis asked to be traded to the Rangers 3 years ago

  16. bbk1000 - Mar 31, 2014 at 6:56 AM

    St. Louis, Martin
    Stink, You
    Man, Old
    Away, Go

  17. muttbolts91 - Mar 31, 2014 at 7:29 AM

    He asked for a trade when the bolts had bad owners, gm and coach. The team was going nowhere that’s why he asked for a trade. Then a kid named stamkos came along so he stayed. Marty said the snub played a big part of the trade demand.

  18. cofran2004 - Mar 31, 2014 at 10:56 AM

    Moods change about players all the time. All these butt-hurt rangers fans that are mad St. Louis is here will be alllllll better when he breaks out. It’s not like Marty hasn’t had chances… he’s actually had some pretty juicy ones. He’s going to score eventually, and it’s going to come in bunches.

    Yeah, I’m as annoyed that we lost cally as the rest of you. That said, there’s still a small chance we get him back anyway. Then we have st. louis AND cally.

    One can dream…

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