BY: John Mamola

The trade rumors surrounding Tampa Bay Lightning Captain Martin St. Louis continue to swirl with the NHL trade deadline less than a week away.  Late Wednesday night, TSN’s Darren Dreger reported that the Lightning continue to field calls for the 38-year old winger, but are telling teams that the New York Rangers are the lone team that St. Louis is “targeting.”

St. Louis has a no-movement clause that could limit where Lightning General Manager Steve Yzerman is able to send the Bolts’ captain.  Tampa Bay Lightning television analyst Bobby “The Chief” Taylor told WDAE’s ‘The Sports Page’ on Thursday that he thinks St. Louis will not be moved before the March 5th deadline.

“I really would find it kind of hard to think that Marty (St. Louis) would be traded,” said Taylor.  “He’s been such a leader for our club and he’s been such a role model.  We got a lot of guys that were told that they weren’t good enough to play and are doing that now, and they say Marty has been the biggest inspiration.”

Taylor believes that the rumors will die down as the deadline inches closer but also added why he thinks why St. Louis didn’t fully deny the rumors yesterday after morning skate.

“Probably the reason why Marty doesn’t want to say anything is that he doesn’t want to get himself in trouble again,” Taylor joked.





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