BY: John Mamola

It has been difficult for Tampa Bay Lightning fans to even watch the Stanley Cup playoffs with the Bolts former captain leading the way for the Eastern Conference Champion New York Rangers.  Martin St. Louis’ exit from the Tampa Bay Lightning played out much like a soap opera during the winter months in Tampa Bay only to see Louis head to “The Big Apple” and now play in the Stanley Cup Finals.

Rick Peckham of Lightning television called every game in which Martin St. Louis was a member of the Bolts, and he understands the frustration fans are having watching their former leader compete for the Stanley Cup wearing the red, white and blue from New York.

“You know it’s tough to see as someone who has followed him and knows him,”  said Peckham on WDAE’s The Sports Page program.  “How many people in this community know Marty St. Louis well and have rooted him on and enjoyed the success he’s helped the Lightning gain through the years from the Stanley Cup on.  It’s tough to watch him with the Rangers with that situation.”

Peckham said he’s interested to see the reaction Marty would receive when the Rangers visit the Lightning next season, but isn’t surprised by the success St. Louis is having this postseason.