Is Tampa Bay Lightning's St. Louis floating idea of a trade?

As if the Lightning, after three straight dismal seasons, needed another reason to take its rebuilding program seriously, there is this:

It is possible that star wing Marty St. Louis could ask to be traded if he does not believe the upcoming offseason changes make the team a playoff contender.

At least that’s the impression he gave Monday at the St. Pete Times Forum after coach Rick Tocchet and general manager Brian Lawton were fired.

“I want to be on a winning team,” he said. “It’s three years of this and (we’re going) back to square one, so I want to be on a winning team. That’s the biggest thing. I’m not getting any younger. We’ll see how it all shakes out this summer.”

St. Louis, who will be 35 on June 18, had a stellar season. His 94 points tied his total for 2003-04, when he was league MVP, and his influence on star Steven Stamkos, who tied Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby for the league lead with 51 goals, is well-do*****ented. He has one year left on a contract that will pay $4 million.

11 Responses to Is Tampa Bay Lightning's St. Louis floating idea of a trade?

  1. reinjosh says:

    Interesting. St Louis is a marquee talent for sure.

    My first hope was maybe a trade could be pulled off with the Leafs. While, I have no doubt we have the assets to get him, but does he want to come to an environment that is more rebuilding than competiting? Maybe moves Burke makes this summer would convince him.

    Otherwise, who else would go after him? I would think Calgary would at least kick the tires on a trade for him, he would fit the playmaker Iginla needs, but I don't know if they would have the assets for him.

    I could see Columbus maybe trying, again for the same reason but for Nash. They do have the assets, but I'm not sure they would try and spend them.

    Anyone else?

  2. cam7777 says:

    I see New York being the interested party here.  Sather might get one last shot at gettng the team together, and I'm sure Torts has been pushing for a big Lecavalier acquisition.  It might also be a chance for him to shed an undesireable contract.

  3. number15 says:

    I doubt the Leafs spend good assets on a 35 year old, even if he is named Martin St.Louis….. after that season it will cost alot to trade for him

    plus I think he has a NTC. why waive it for Toronto when he has the same scenrio in Tampa.

    He should be traded to a contender. Its best for the player, the team and his potential team, everyone wins.

  4. zackman13 says:

    calagary sounds like a good fit, i think a trade could be made based around regehr and moss for st. louis and ranger

    To T.B.
    2011 2rd Round Pick

    To Cal.
    St. Louis
    2011 2nd Round Pick

  5. reinjosh says:

    As much as I would love to rob the Lighting with that kind of deal, i can't see it happening. Calgary would have to pay far more.

    Take out the 2nd rounder from TB's side and add Nemisz, Pardy and Wahl and maybe the Flames could get him. it would be a dream to watch St Louis and Iggy.

  6. Dunski23 says:

    If he wants to go to a contender, how about Boston going for him. Maybe a deal at or just before the draft like… 1st 2010 (Boston's), Rights to Wheeler, Wideman and another pick/prospect for St.Louis and a prospect…(Vladimir Mihalik possibly).

    St. Louis would be a nice linemate with Lucic and Savard…he can finish Savard's passes, as well as, give Lucic another top playmaker…basically filling the role of what each of his new linemates would need… Scorer/Playmaker. If Recchi returns Bergy's line, which has been the most consistent this season, can stay together. The second line would be Hall/Seguin, Krejci, and Ryder. The rook will get solid playing time, with good linemates (well atleast one), but not be thrust right into the forefront. Vladimir Mihalik is a really big Slovakian Defenseman. The hope would be that Chara could relate to and help develop Mihalik into a good NHL D-Man. B's would then have to resign Stuart, Seids, Boychuk, Sobotka, Thornton, and Paille…the team would look like:

    Lucic                 Savard           St. Louis

    Hall/Seguin        Krejci             Ryder

    Sturm               Bergeron         Recchi

    Paille                Sobotka         Thornton

    Chara          Seids

    Stuart          Boychuk

    Hunwick       Ference



    There are two possible problems. If the B's end up with Seguin in the 2 spot can he play LW. What the cap space is…(been watching playoff puck since 7…couple too many beers to get up the motivation to do math). Oh and one more problem is I don't know if this deal is good for Tampa…but hey it looks good for Boston so I wrote this fairly long thing about…sorry for wasting your time if you've read this far and think it's completely bogus…My Bad

  7. reinjosh says:

    St Louis is a playmaker, not a finisher. The Bruins do not need another playmaker.

  8. mojo19 says:

    Jonathan Ericsson, Jiri Hudler (rights to, KHL contract expires summer 2011), 2008 first round pick (G) McCullum.

  9. Dunski23 says:

    Ya but he has scored 30 or more goals 5 out of the last 7 seasons…this past season getting just under at 29. He also has over 200 shots in each of his past 7 seasons, the last 4 of which he had over 240 shots. Labeling him as just a Playmaker isn't true.  He would be a perfect linemate for Lucic and Savard. He has the scoring ability to finish for Savard and has the playmaking ability to get Lucic the puck. Seems like a good fit to me. St. Louis may be a "playmaker", but he finish's more then anyone currently on the Bruins.

    By the way not too sure how the trade I thought of itself is, but the idea of getting St. Louis seems pretty damn good

  10. reinjosh says:

    Yeah he can score for sure, but he plays best with players who are snipers. I'm not so sure that he would work out in Boston. Granted, it could work and I did think of it briefly.

  11. Kessel_Leafs48 says:

    That can work because St.louis can score and be a playmaker, he also quarterbacked the powerplay in Tampa at times and Boston is in need for someone who can quarterback the power play like marty who can also shoot..  him and Chara on the point with lucic savard  bergeron/krecic as forwards, that powerplay would be unreal. This would be a smart move for Boston.  

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