BY: John Mamola

The Tampa Bay Lightning headed back to work on Wednesday following the break in the NHL schedule for then Sochi Winter Olympics.  One of the players returning from Russia is team captain Martin St. Louis who came home to the United States with a gold medal and a playoff spot to contend for with his Bolts sitting in third place in the Eastern Conference.

What St. Louis also walked back into was a wall of speculation following 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.

St. Louis was short in addressing the rumors after morning skate on Wednesday.

"The only thing I can say about that is that I've had conversations with Steve (Yzerman) about my future here.  Out of respect for my teammates that's all I'm going to say about that," said St Louis.  "I'm not going to get into answering this question every day.  I've had conversations with Steve about my future here, and those conversations are between me and Steve."

The NHL trade deadline is March 5th.






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