Well, a lot of New York Rangers fans’ fears have come true. The once red hot Martin St. Louis, when he was a member of the Tampa Bay Lightning, has cooled down considerably, and has so far failed miserably since joining the Rangers at the trade deadline.
Now do not get me wrong. I was for the trade to begin with and I am still saying it was the right move. Trading Ryan Callahan, who is an unrestricted free agent at the end of this season and wanted a ridiculous amount of money from the Rangers to stay with the team, for a proven goal scorer, in St. Louis, with another full year left on his contract after this season was a no-brainer. However, it is safe to say that so far this trade has been a failure from the Rangers’ standpoint.
After the trade was made at the deadline, Rangers’ GM Glen Sather said this move was to help the Rangers go farther in the playoffs, but right now I just do not see that. I mean for one, the Rangers still have not even clinched a playoff spot and could still miss the playoffs all together, which would obviously be a complete failure, and not only is St. Louis not scoring goals but he is not getting any points whatsoever, and in most games looks invisible.
Through 17 games, St. Louis has 1 goal and 3 assists, totaling a lowly 4 points. This is the same player who earlier this season, on the Lightning was a first-line, point-per-game player. I’ve tried to give St. Louis the benefit of the doubt, but the fact of the matter is he is just another, on a long list of old All-Stars, that the Rangers have brought in and has failed to produce under the bright lights of Broadway.