BY: John Mamola
Former Tampa Bay Lightning Captain Martin St. Louis is two wins away from playing for another Stanley Cup championship, and some fans in the Tampa Bay area still are harboring ill will towards Marty for the way his career ended in Tampa Bay. Lightning General Manager Steve Yzerman traded the 38-year old winger to the New York Rangers after a falling out stemming from not making Team Canada’s Olympic roster when it was announced.
However could father time cure all the hurt that Tampa Bay Lightning fans feel as they continue to see their former captain winning games in the Stanley Cup Playoffs with another team? ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun told WDAE’s “The Sports Page” that could indeed be the case.
“I think he’s done so many good things in his career as a stand up guy that I think he will be able to weather the storm in terms of his reputation,” said LeBrun. “At the end of the day I think we were all a bit disappointed that he asked for a trade, especially when he’s the captain of the team or at least not wait for the off season.”
St. Louis has dealt with the untimely passing of his mother and gone on to be the rallying cry of the New York Rangers as they have won five straight games following her passing. St. Louis tallying three goals and two assists in that five game span.
LeBrun believes that those looking back on the deal in the future will say the deal favored the Lightning as they received a first round pick for an aging star of the league, but thinks St. Louis’ history has allowed him a ‘selfish moment’ to be forgiven.
“I think he’s a type of guy that you like so much because you know what type of person he is. He’s earned the right maybe for that one selfish moment, and let’s face it that’s what it was.”
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