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Bishop: St. Louis trade a shock, knew he was upset about Olympics

May 7, 2014, 6:19 PM EDT

Ben Bishop, Martin St. Louis AP

Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop was disappointed when he didn’t make Team USA. He was having a great season and went on to be named as a Vezina Trophy finalist, but he understood that the Americans had plenty of good goaltenders to choose from.

“You can’t do much about it,” Bishop told TSN 1050. His former teammate and captain Marty St. Louis‘ story went differently.

Steve Yzerman, at the time both general manager of Team Canada and the Tampa Bay Lightning, didn’t include St. Louis on the Olympic roster. He was later added as an injury replacement for Steve Stamkos, but St. Louis was still disappointed and eventually demanded a trade.

The Lightning players were aware that St. Louis was upset over the Olympic snub, but it was still a “shock” when he actually got traded to the New York Rangers.

“He had been here for so long, we were thinking there’s no way he’s going to leave,” Bishop said. He does feel that St. Louis earned the right to make that decision.

The Lightning did get Ryan Callahan back in the trade, who Bishop referred to as a missing piece. That didn’t stop the Lightning from getting swept in the first round, although Bishop’s injury was arguably a bigger factor than that than the absence of St. Louis.

Meanwhile, the 38-year-old forward is getting ready for Game 4 against the Pittsburgh Penguins.


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  1. jb8588 - May 7, 2014 at 7:12 PM

    Marty = selfish as they come

  2. bleedrangerblue - May 7, 2014 at 7:18 PM

    He is selfish. He hasn’t shared a playoff goal with us Ranger fans.

    • barkar942 - May 8, 2014 at 12:41 PM

      But he was damned good at those tape-to-tape turnovers last night. He was absolutely horrific last night! The BraPouZuc line and Hank were about the only ones that showed up last night.

  3. mcphillthy - May 7, 2014 at 7:28 PM

    He will be on the golf course with my boys in under a week anyway. Look at the bright side….At least you didn’t get swept

  4. hockeyornothing - May 7, 2014 at 8:34 PM

    I completely agree with Bishop – St. Louis earned the right to request a trade. Yzerman complied with the request in a classy manner which will probably benefit all. Plus St. Louis will get more time to watch his son play. Didn’t look like Callahan was getting resigned anyway.

    • pfhockey - May 7, 2014 at 8:55 PM

      Exactly. The snub clinched this decision but it was in the back of his head for a while. It was mainly about his family and the snub justified his decision. I respect that he left in the manner of his family, but I find it distasteful he found the snub to be justfied in his decision and outweigh his feel of support from the fanbase. Most of us were supporting MSL and I felt betrayed he sort of pushed it aside. Anyways, I wish him the best of luck, he was my idol ever since I began watching hockey.

  5. guitarisgood4u - May 7, 2014 at 9:10 PM

    I read this as Bishop was traded to St. Louis… and was shocked.

    • wethog66 - May 7, 2014 at 11:21 PM

      Me too. lol

    • bluesdroogie - May 8, 2014 at 7:06 PM

      As a Blues fan that was mad when Bishop was traded away, I would love a trade to bring him back home where he should be playing right now anyway. Forget the Jennings trophy year of Halak/Elliot. I always thought Bishop had a better future than either of those goalies. fast forward 2 years, Halak is gone and trying to find a starting job in the nhl, Elliot is still a backup, and Bishop is a Vezina candidate and probably would win if he did not have the wrist injury. He probably would have won in a landslide.

      Great trade Armstrong, what did the Blues get for Bishop, a 4th rounder??? HORRIBLE TRADE

  6. endusersolutions2013 - May 8, 2014 at 12:25 AM

    Nursing the hurt over the snub was immature/selfish. Team Canada had to many outstanding players – other guys were passed over that could have played on the 1st or 2nd line for some other the other countries.

    And honestly, if Stamkos could have been ready, does Martin SL really think he should have been chosen over Stamkos? He was the 1st player Steve Y turned to when Stamkos could not go.

  7. dirtyharry1971mom - May 8, 2014 at 9:07 AM

    I’m actually glad he left, It’s not like Tampa Bay were built to win this year. With the Habs fully taking advantage of our Defense in the 1st round. It’s actually clear now that we need 1 or 2 top 4 Dmen. Obviously 2 is a stretch as everyone in the league is looking for top 4 Dmen for their team, but with the 1st round from next year (McDavid, Eichel Sweepstakes) Obviously every team is valuing 1st rounders from next season pretty high. As only NYR traded their picks from next year (Garth Snow might let it go to BUF). I’m sure that 2015 1st round pick and a decent prospect we have in our system would be sufficient enough to land us at least 1 top 4 Dmen.

    Also next season we won’t we hung out to dry with weak goals (Lindback), with guys like Gudlevskis and Vasilevskii now overseas. Let’s hope SY can pull of a trade for a Dmen at the draft.

    • shaundre93 - May 8, 2014 at 10:02 AM

      Gotta get Matt Niskanen, I bet he’d look good with Hedman. Also, is Andrej Sustr gonna be any good? Dudes huge, and in the one game I saw him play he appeared to be a much better skater than Chara. I don’t really know anything about him though

      • dirtyharry1971mom - May 8, 2014 at 10:15 AM

        I love Sustr, if he can add 10-20 lbs this summer, we might see him in the top 4. Also Matt Niskanen will command more money than Steve Yzerman wants to pay out. he’ll probably get 5-6M/year from a desperate team. I would rather see TB trade (at whatever the cost) for example someone like Shattenkirk, Michael Stone, Roman Josi, Tyler Myers (if BUF would eat some of his contract). We need a RH Dmen that can run a PP. Shattenkirk would be my choice though, but I would probably take a 2015 1st rounder, Tyler Johnson and maybe more for him. With Vlad Namestnikov almost ready for the NHL, I think we could part with Johnson as he’s 3rd on the C depth chart. I would hate to trade him, but if it means we get a top 2 Dmen, why not?

      • shaundre93 - May 8, 2014 at 5:50 PM

        I don’t think moving TJ is a good idea. I see him as the next St. Louis, and not just because his size. He strikes me as a fearless do what it takes leader with skill to back it up. I feel like trading one of your lesser-proven prospects like Kucherov or Namestinikov would net the same return without affecting the good things they had going for them this past season. TB is going to be absolutely lethal soon, aside from a top D man, I do feel like they need to add some grit to the bottom 6. Im not sure if having guys like panik, namestnikov, Kucherov and possibly drouin in the bottom 6 is a recipe for success

  8. shootey - May 8, 2014 at 11:19 AM

    Sustr is too slow. Was forced into action in the playoffs and it showed he wasn’t ready. Future is bright for him though.

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