BY: John Mamola
The Tampa Bay Lightning have one week till the NHL’s trade deadline is reached as the team fighting for a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with the home stretch finally upon us. The return of Steven Stamkos reportedly when the team returns from a four game road trip will be a big boost to the team, but could the Bolts truly be thinking of trading away Captain Martin St. Louis?
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.
Former NHL player and current NBC Sports NHL analyst Jeremy Roenick told WDAE’s ‘The Ron and Ian Show’ Wednesday that he would be shocked if the Lightning made a move involving St. Louis.
“That would surprise me very much considering how well Tampa is playing right now,” said Roenick. “Tampa impresses me this year. They’re playing great hockey, their goaltender is on top of the league and they’re doing great things. Especially when Steven (Stamkos) comes back, they’re going to be a tough team to play against and Marty (St. Louis) is a big part of that.”
Roenick continued saying a trade of St. Louis would be “a big loss and a big mental dent in that team (Lightning) if Marty asked for a trade.”
The NHL trade deadline is Wednesday March 5th.
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