With the NHL trade deadline approaching, there have been rumors that Martin St. Louis has requested a trade from the Tampa Bay Lightning. Apparently St. Louis has been frustrated in Tampa. He was extremely frustrated about not being named to Team Canada’s hockey team for the Olympics.
After teammate Steven Stamkos went down with a knee injury, St. Louis was chosen to take his place on the Olympics. I’m not sure why he wants out of Tampa, but rumor has it that he does.
In their first game back from the Olympic break, St. Louis proved why this would be a bad choice for the Lightning. Even though the team lost 3-2, it wasn’t because of St. Louis’ play on the ice, as he scored both of the goals for the Lightning.
The Lightning currently sit in the fourth spot of the Eastern Conference and are tied with the Toronto Maple Leafs with 71 points. However, the Lightning are only two points behind the Montreal Canadiens for No. 3 in the conference. Tampa Bay is set to get Stamkos back soon and if this is the case, their offense should be on the rise.
If St. Louis can put aside his unhappiness and get on the same page with the rest of the team and the coaching staff, they are a team that can do some damage in the playoffs. Of course, if St. Louis is really unhappy and doesn’t get traded this could be a miserable seven weeks around the Lightning team. Either way, it’s going to make for an interesting close to the NHL season.