BY: John Mamola
The fallout continues from the Tampa Bay Lightning trading away former captain Martin St. Louis in a deal on Wednesday morning to the New York Rangers. The Bolts acquired winger Ryan Callahan and multiple draft picks from the Rangers in exchange for St. Louis and Lightning General Manager Steve Yzerman told WDAE Thursday morning that it was a deal he was happy with.
“My position from the start was I will do what I can at the appropriate time but it has to be in the best interest of the organization,” said Yzerman.
The St. Louis rumors trade rumors heated to a boil rapidly following Team Canada’s gold medal win in the Sochi Olympics. Reports surfaced that St. Louis requested a trade following his non-inclusion on the original Team Canada roster, a team in which Yzerman was the general manager for as well.
Yzerman said he will stand by all the decisions made when it came to creating the roster for the Sochi games.
“I feel I did what was right for the Canadian Olympic team,” said Yzerman. “I feel I did at the time what was right for Marty St. Louis. He and I won’t agree on that and that’s not a sign or a show of disrespect towards Marty. I did what I thought was right.”
Yzerman said that the decision to leave St. Louis off the Canadian roster was “more personal” being that he was Marty’s boss on both fronts. The hall of famer believes although the reaction from the Lightning fan base currently is not positive, he says time will heal all wounds.
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