BY: John Mamola
With the NHL trade deadline just a week away the rumor mill is beginning to churn out the annual buzz and excitement which marks March 5th of this calendar year. As the Tampa Bay Lightning enter the home stretch of the season currently slotted in as the third best team in the Eastern Conference, could the Bolts make a move to improve the roster while ridding themselves of their highest scorer?
According to a report by SportsNet (Canada) NHL reporter Nick Kypreos, Tampa Bay Lightning Captain Martin St. Louis requested a trade following his original snub from the Team Canada roster which was headed to the Sochi Olympic games. The 38-year old winger currently leads the team with 56 pts (25 G, 31A) following last season where he took home his second Art Ross Trophy.
Lightning television analyst and former Captain Dave Andreychuk joined WDAE’s ‘The Sports Page’ early on Wednesday morning and discussed the reports about St. Louis and trade rumors.
“I always took the attitude that if you’re in trade rumors than at least some people want you,” said Andreychuk. “A couple years back when he (St Louis) had to re-sign, there were some rumors that he was going to join John Tortorella in New York. I don’t know if that’s been stirred up again.”
The former Lightning Captain talked about how difficult it is to not know everything that’s going on in a locker room when you’re a player. Andreyhcuk told WDAE that players will get a sense of the mood of everyone, and it won’t take long to know who wants to be there.
“It’s pretty clear in the room who wants to stay and if you’ve asked for a trade,” said Andreychuk. “I don’t think that there is anything grey there. It’s black and white and players accept that. The trade deadline always comes and there’s always talks on every team in every city to make on how they team better, that’s just part of the job.”
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