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Tampa Bay Lightning Need to Find Help for Martin St. Louis

Douglas Jones-USA TODAY Sports

The 2013 NHL season wasn’t one that went the way the Tampa Bay Lightning would have wanted as they missed the playoffs. The team did have two of the best players in league with Martin St. Louis and Steven Stamkos, but if they want to get back to the playoffs, they need St. Louis to stick around. He will be 38 years old before next season begins, and who knows how much longer he has left.

He finished this season with 60 points in 48 games to lead the league while Stamkos was second. It is shocking how you can have the two top scorers and miss the playoffs by as much as the Lightning did, and this is going to boil down to the team getting some help in net so all these goals don’t go unappreciated. St. Louis is one of the best people out there as well as he is a finalist for the Lady Byng Trophy for sportsmanship.

I don’t want to see another instance of nice guys finishing last. Tampa Bay has made the playoffs just once in the last six seasons, and while they did come within a game of going to the Stanley Cup Finals in 2010-11, it didn’t happen. He did get his title during the 2003-04 season so that goal is already taken care of, but St. Louis deserves another chance at it. The Lightning will have the third pick in the draft in June, and maybe they can get another player to help St. Louis and company out. The sands in the hourglass are ticking away for the career of St. Louis, and the team needs to get him the support he needs.

Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports, like his Facebook page or add him to your network on Google.