Trade deadline day in the NHL always brings a lot of rumors and drama. It was announced this week that Tampa Bay Lightning captain Martin St. Louis has spoken with GM Steve Yzerman to request a trade. This comes after not being initially picked by Yzerman for the Canadian Olympic roster.
It is obvious that animosity has built over the last few weeks, although it’s hard to say what has been discussed. It is not clear exactly what was said in meetings between the two, but it is clear that these are not the actions of a team captain.
“It’s time for Marty [St. Louis] to put on some big boy pants here. I think he’s being a baby.” – Ray Ferraro.
— Sean Leahy (@Sean_Leahy) March 5, 2014
TSN Analyst Ray Ferraro had a pretty clear stance on trade deadline coverage, and it is a sentiment that is being echoed by fans. St. Louis was not that only player that was snubbed by Team Canada, and he was ultimately added to the team thanks to an injury to his teammate Steven Stamkos. St. Louis is allowing his initial snub from the deepest pool of international players to continue bothering him.
His team is firmly in the playoff race and should make it in barring any major setback. The Lightning are also a team that most other teams would not want to face in the playoffs because they can score. St. Louis should just commit to his teammates and revisit the trade topic before the draft. He has one more year on his current contract, which includes a no-trade clause.
St. Louis needs to respect his role as captain and leave the talks for the summer. The GM and players do not generally have a lot of conversations during the season. St. Louis got a gold medal even if he didn’t contribute, but he should be a team player and focus on a possible Stanley Cup.