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Martin St. Louis relishes being ‘the guy’ in New York

May 26, 2014, 1:57 AM EDT

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After scoring the overtime-winner in Game 4, Martin St. Louis told NBCSN that “this is our time.” More precisely, it might finally be his time.

Despite generating two scoring titles and a Hart Trophy in his time with the Tampa Bay Lightning, St. Louis rarely drew the most attention with his former team.

Brad Richards won the Conn Smythe Trophy. St. Louis went from being overshadowed by one No. 1 draft pick (Vincent Lecavalier) to another (Steven Stamkos). The undrafted free agent’s lengthy stay in Tampa Bay finally ended with that final Olympic slight, and while that breakup was messy, it seems like he’s finally “the man” with the New York Rangers.

“Everybody wants to be the guy,” St. Louis said, according to Puck Daddy. “These are the times … you play as a kid in the street, you picture this. Everybody wants to be the guy.”

He certainly seemed to play that role in Game 4 against the Montreal Canadiens, most demonstratively with that decisive goal:

It’s not exactly rare for the 38-year-old winger to come through in a clutch moment, either. Fittingly, that goal leaves him with 80 points in 80 career playoff games, including four overtime winners. Richards has been there for quite a few of them.

Alain Vigneault indicates that St. Louis buries these types of chances more often than not.

“The goal he scored tonight is exactly what you see him practice every time he’s on the ice, like a hundred pucks,” Vigneault said.

It’s odd to use the word “underrated” regarding a guy with a track record like St. Louis, yet it’s not out of the realm of plausibility, either. Perhaps he’ll finally get the respect he craves at 38, even if it’s coming on the heels of the great personal tragedy of his mother’s passing and a tumultuous season overall.

  1. ljacks11 - May 26, 2014 at 2:22 AM

    In Tampa Marty never ” craved ” respect. He was always too busy “earning” it …. What a monumental loss for the Bolts

    • falstaffsmind - May 26, 2014 at 7:32 AM

      It was a huge loss for the Bolts, but Marty is 38 years old and wanted to finish up in NY. If Callahan re-signs, and they use the 2 draft picks well, it can be a win/win. As for him being underrated in Tampa Bay, he wasn’t. He was exactly the same player he is NY. The fans loved him, the team depended on him. He wore the A for over half his career, and produced the same kind of highlights. Marty was just given the C over Stamkos. It was his team. At the end of the day, it was the Olympic snub by Yzerman that soured Marty. I suspect like many Lightning Fans, I am pulling for the Rangers. It’s not just Marty, it’s Brad Richards and Dominic Moore too. And if that wasn’t enough, you have Dustin Tokarski on the other side, another ex-Lightning system guy.

      • peepeehead - May 26, 2014 at 6:27 PM

        Good comment. You hit the nail on the head.

    • imnotyourbuddyguy - May 26, 2014 at 10:49 AM

      Getting 2 first round picks and a solid rental like Callahan for a 38 year old is a monumental loss? I don’t care if it’s Gretzky we’re talking about, Tampa made out like bandits.

      • florida727 - May 27, 2014 at 7:19 AM

        Tell that to the Rangers and their fans right about now. I’m guessing they think they made pretty well too. Rarely in sports does a trade genuinely turn out to be the proverbial ‘win-win’. Depending on what the Bolts do with Callahan and the two picks, this could be one of them. I still think the Olympic snub by Yzerman was wrong.

      • imnotyourbuddyguy - May 27, 2014 at 9:32 AM

        The Rangers and their fans haven’t won anything yet. Of course Tampa could swing and miss on both picks. Either way trading a guy who’s going to turn 39 in June isn’t a monumental mistake, not for what Yzerman got for him.

    • imnotyourbuddyguy - May 26, 2014 at 10:52 AM

      Just because it’s good for the Rangers doesn’t mean it was bad for the Bolts.

      Yzerman is very glad to get two first round picks and the chance to negotiate first with Callahan for a guy turning 39 in a month.

      • barkar942 - May 26, 2014 at 11:47 AM

        Callahan to Buffalo to become their captain and hometown hero. He will be handsomely paid what he was asking for from the Rangers and didn’t get.

      • 19to77 - May 26, 2014 at 12:04 PM

        So Sabres fans keep loudly insisting. And if that’s the case, Tampa STILL gets two first-round picks for a guy turning 39 in a month.

      • mikedoc315 - May 26, 2014 at 11:46 PM

        Yeah I think the Lightning made out o.k. in the sense that Marty wanted out and they were able to get stuff in return. I know the fans aren’t happy to be losing such a great player and fan favorite,but when a player wants out the team he’s leaving doesn’t always get anything in return.But I’m sure lots of Bolts fans are now pulling for the Rangers,I’m a Flyers fan and I’ve been pulling for Marty and the Rangers.

  2. nightfireop - May 26, 2014 at 2:29 AM

    As a Kings fan, 3 reasons why I’m 110% rooting for the NY Rangers in the Conference Finals:

    1) If we win our conference, a Kings v. Rangers matchup will be a contest of 2 titan-caliber goaltenders; it will be the goalie blockbuster of the ages!
    2) St. Louis and Lundqvist are class-acts, I’d be honored to see both in-person when we matchup.
    3) IF [God forbid] we don’t win our conference, the Rangers are best team to beat out the Blackhawks.

    I hope to see a Kings v. Rangers matchup: the matchup that should have been back in 2012.

    • barkar942 - May 26, 2014 at 11:49 AM

      Instead, you ended up playing the Devils and no one watched, including me.

    • bolts4339 - May 26, 2014 at 11:56 AM

      MSL may be “the guy” in NY. But he was already “the guy” in Tampa for 14 years. Tampa fans and recent ownership worshiped him(giveaways and all). Nothing classy about him however when you as Captain desert your rookie teammates and fans in the middle of a major playoff run because of a perceived snub. I respect MSL the player but deplore MSL the man.

      • arrow43050 - May 26, 2014 at 8:47 PM

        You can’t really pass judgment on him. You don’t know why he made the decision he made. Everyone “thinks” they know but how do they think that? They just hear someone making the most logical guess and everyone agrees with that guess so it becomes fact. We may never know why he actually wanted out of Tampa Bay. Personally, I think it is too petty of someone who has accomplished so much in his career to say that it was due to the Olympic “snub” which actually became unsnubbed. If St. Louis wanted out, Yzerman would have been the one who wanted to trade him mid-season (thereby forcing him to abandon the team during a playoff run) because you get more of a return at the trade deadline than in the off-season. Case in point, they got Ryan Callahan and what wound up being 2 first round draft picks. Personally I think they might have told him that they were not going to extend him past next year and who knows, maybe Yzerman told him they were going to use a Compliance Buyout on him after the season if he couldn’t trade him and that is why St. Louis wanted out. But that is just MY logical guess.

  3. brandotho - May 26, 2014 at 3:02 AM

    Marty’s become the de facto captain for the Rangers. He’s really gotten them to rally around him. What’s cool is that in the Blueshirts United videos, he’s been show to be the last guy off the ice in wins as he daps up his teammates

  4. peepeehead - May 26, 2014 at 4:41 AM

    Martin St.Louis is a man of destiny. If the Rangers win the cup it will be because of that magical gift of greatness that St.Louis possesses. I’ve seen him blow that top shelf shot past the greatest of NHL goalies a hundred times and it never gets old. He has the heart of a lion and is a true champion. it broke my heart when he left my beloved Lightning. One of the all time greats Stevie Y made the biggest blunder I have ever seen a GM make. His disloyalty to the Lightning and to St.Louis and Marty’s inability to put aside his hurt feelings for the sake of his team broke the hearts of most if not all of the Lightning faithful. As great as these two men are in the world of hockey they both showed their human flaws that we all possess. I lost just a little respect for each of them as men but I wish nothing but the best for both of them. Godspeed Martin St.Louis. Make us proud again.

    • bolts4339 - May 26, 2014 at 12:08 PM

      MSL was the disloyal one. He wore the “C” and demanded a trade in the middle of a playoff run. The fans here in Tampa will never forget his childish behavior and disloyalty. When he returns to play the Lightning he will be booed for years to come…

      • alexo0 - May 26, 2014 at 12:32 PM

        So very much agree.

        Who cried when Yzerman didn’t pick him for the Olympics?

        Who then made the team but still held a personal grudge against Yzerman regardless?

        Who then carried that grudge into the season and decided to bail on his teammates and force a trade to NY?

        Yeah, the real epitome of class.

      • moarjam - May 26, 2014 at 4:53 PM

        Maybe the guy just wanted to play for a contender. No offense but you guys folded like a beach chair in the playoffs. Granted your starting goalie was out but the Habs waxed you guys. It wasn’t close. TB has some solid young pieces but they weren’t winning the cup with or without Marty this year.

        Stop taking everything so personal. I still root for Callahan even though he chose himself over my team. It’s a business. Enjoy your TWO 1st round draft picks he got you.

      • peepeehead - May 26, 2014 at 6:08 PM

        As the GM of the Canadian Olympic team, Stevie Y had the power and authority to name Martin St.Louis as a team member. Would it have been right to name St.Louis simply because he was a member of the Lightning? Of course not. But he was the reigning Art Ross trophy winner and if Stevie Y had named him there is nobody who could rightly say St.Louis did not belong as he was the Art Ross trophy winner. In fact, when St.Louis was not named this was overwhelmingly considered the biggest snub by the rest of the hockey community and this was verified by the polling. Your one-sided attitude is not based on the facts or the truth. Both men let down their team. Stevie Y by his disloyalty to his own player and the team he is the GM of and Marty by his disloyalty to his teammates. Marty’s teammates were also offended by the actions of their GM. It is not a coincidence that Stevie Y resigned as GM of the Canadian team after the Olympics were over. You can be sure the owner of the Lightning Mr. Vinik had a discussion with Stevie Y about where his loyalties are. As I said we are all human and flawed. The fact remains, if Stevie Y had been loyal to his Art Ross Trophy winner the Lightning would have entered the playoffs with the great Martin St.Louis as their captain. As far as being booed, I highly doubt most fans will boo Marty and in fact I think he will be welcomed warmly.

  5. penvik - May 26, 2014 at 5:29 AM

    Jonathan Quick is NOT even in Lindqvist’s realm. Not even close

    • theageofquarrel - May 26, 2014 at 9:18 AM

      Disagree. And so does Lord Stanley. Quick was a huge reason they won the Cup. Where’s King Henrik’s Cup? That’s all that matters. Cups not Stats

      • 7mantel - May 26, 2014 at 11:05 AM

        IT’s team sport ,and yes a hot goalie wins games but his team still needs to play solid hockey in front of him !

      • billiam55 - May 26, 2014 at 12:07 PM

        wow wow wow. i disagree with what penvik said, but lundqvist never really had a team in front of him to get him far to the cup. i mean come on. very ignorant thing to say theageofquarrel. hockey isnt tennis or golf. its a team sport. and FINALLY this year it looks like he has a real team after being the backbone of this team for so so long

    • steelcity333 - May 26, 2014 at 12:19 PM

      Completely disagree. If you want to say Lundqvist is better that’s fine. But don’t say Quick isn’t even in his realm. That’s just ridiculous.

      • theageofquarrel - May 26, 2014 at 12:47 PM

        That’s what I’m saying. At the end of the day the bottom line is wins and losses. Quick has won a Cup and Henrik did not. To say Quick isn’t in the same category is total BS.

    • arrow43050 - May 26, 2014 at 8:50 PM

      I’m a huge Ranger fan and even I disagree with your statement. Quick has won a Stanley Cup and could very easily have won the Vezina Trophy the year that Lundqvist won it. I’d like to think that Lundqvist’s better but it would be interesting to see them head-to-head in a series.

  6. dropthepuckeh - May 26, 2014 at 7:24 AM

    How was Yzerman disloyal to Tampa fans and St Louis? It was Marty who requested the trade and couldn’t deal with the snub. I think Steve honored his request reluctantly.

    I like Marty as a player and I’ve seen him play since college but I don’t think this fairy tale is as “pure destiny” as some are pretending. Marty’s ego got in the way and it could be argued he let down a lot of people in Tampa, players and fans, by throwing a tantrum and demanding a trade. He has every right to ask to be traded but let’s be honest and not pretend that’s what it was. He doesn’t want to discuss it bc it doesn’t make him look very good.

    • peepeehead - May 26, 2014 at 6:18 PM

      You have a one-sided attitude. Some folks like yourself feel the need to “take sides” instead of recognizing the truth for what it is. Stevie Y was disloyal by having the power and authority to make sure his reigning Art Ross Trophy winner was not arbitrarily snubbed by a committee who wanted to be loyal to their own players. He failed to look out after his own. Marty’s teammates were also offended by the disloyalty of their own GM. Marty let his team down by letting his hurt feelings take precedence over his teammates. Both men are human and thus flawed. It’s a shame you do not recognize the simple truth as it occurred.

  7. ajg314 - May 26, 2014 at 10:59 AM

    Five more Blueshirts! Keep adding on pieces to that replica of the Cup!!

  8. c9castine - May 26, 2014 at 3:08 PM

    im still looking for all the idiots who were moaning about the st. louis-callahan trade when the pens were up on them 3-1

    all of the sudden his mom dies and they start winning and everybody loves him in NY.

    • peepeehead - May 26, 2014 at 6:23 PM

      Your comment is not a fair one. Marty was a little slow in producing when he went to the Rangers. Many fans do not have any experience playing team sports and do not recognize the time it takes for a player to find his place on a new team. I’m sure he needed some time to “gel” and build chemistry with his new teammates. Now that this has occurred the fans in NY recognize how great a player they have obtained.

    • 7mantel - May 26, 2014 at 8:05 PM

      Would you feel better if they booed him ? You know how fickle fans can be .

      • c9castine - May 26, 2014 at 10:22 PM

        yeah but come on. st. louis has done plenty in his time to prove hes a big time player. they were upset because they lost callahan, i understand. but callahan wasnt going to stay, is being ridiculous, and never took the rangers this far. hes good, and ill bet all 30 teams would love to have a winger like that in their lineup…but ripping st. louis was pretty misguided.

      • 7mantel - May 27, 2014 at 7:19 AM

        Were the fans who ripped him the majority ,probably the same number as Pen fans who ripped Sid and Geno at times here on PHT. Every town has their idiots .

      • c9castine - May 27, 2014 at 11:54 AM

        why do you make everything about sid and the pens.

        why does everybody do that for that matter? everybody is so sick of the guy and of the team but anytime i say anything it always goes back to them somehow, and obviously in a negative fashion.

      • 7mantel - May 27, 2014 at 12:56 PM

        I was ripping either one of those guys ,I was trying just compare the fans and how all teams have fans( usually not many) that post negative comments about a player on their team. It was only a rebuttal to your post about some NYR fans only rooting for St Louis only after his mom died . Why bring that up in the first place ?

      • c9castine - May 27, 2014 at 11:59 PM

        point taken but that doesnt mean i cant still ask the question.

      • 7mantel - May 28, 2014 at 10:59 AM

        c9 we have every right to ask any question it’s the answers that we get that the problem . LOL.

      • 7mantel - May 27, 2014 at 6:06 PM


  9. xaile94 - May 26, 2014 at 6:57 PM

    A point that I haven’t seen raised yet…

    I think St. Louis saw a Ranger team that, with him, was closer to the SC than the Bolts right now. Tampa has a boatload of young talent, both at the NHL level and developing in the system. Yzerman (probably rightly) has always been unwilling to deal any of that talent to improve the current Tampa team. At 38, St. Louis shouldn’t be asked to wait for the kids to develop.

    • peepeehead - May 26, 2014 at 10:49 PM

      You raise a good point. Perhaps Marty saw his last opportunity to compete for a cup with NY. I think the Olympic snub was a big part of Marty wanting not out of Tampa but away from Yzerman but what you bring up could also have been a factor he weighed.

    • c9castine - May 28, 2014 at 12:02 AM

      yzerman is building a great team down there. if he signs callahan for less then 5.5 per year for several years he won BIG time.

      just dont see that happening if callahan thinks he is worth 7.

  10. 22yearsagotoday - May 26, 2014 at 7:46 PM

    NY vs. LA? The TV networks couldn’t be happier, along with all the other mass media outlets that are slaves to the major markets. And the fans would probably like the matchup, as well. No offense, Chicago or Montreal. It’s not over till the fat lady sings.

  11. shipshackwilly - May 26, 2014 at 11:06 PM

    Do I believe that the Lightning GM madea big mistake by not selecting Marty St Louis (MSL) as a member of the Olympic team… bet I do! But I also believe that as the current Captain of the Tampa Bay Lightning, he Marty needed to show more LOYALTY to his fellow teammates, the organization as a whole and especially the thousands of fans in the Tampa Bay area that supported and loved Marty! His un-loyal actions, along with so many other players in all Major League Sports now, is a big factor in why I have lost so much respect for todays typical “all about me” players who no longer show any devotion or loyalty to their teams, fans or community that supports them. I understand that the Major League Teams are also partly, or in some circumstances solely just as guilty. I also realize that it’s a business, but the business aspect has gone too far now and loyal fans are now being left heartbroken on a almost daily basis around the Leagues. I truly believe that the fans & community, who absolutely keep these Organizations afloat and in business through ticket revenues etc, should have more influence on whether a team trades or sells away fan favorite players. One way to show our displeasure is through lack of ticket purchases or political pressure on the Organizations in certain instances when they put business before fan & community loyalty.

    • peepeehead - May 27, 2014 at 3:19 AM

      Well said.

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