Saturday, March 30, 2013
Lightning won't trade St. Louis
By Victoria Matiash
Forward Martin St. Louis will remain with the Tampa Bay Lightning. GM Steve Yzerman assured ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun of as much Friday.
"Marty St. Louis is not going to be traded," the Lightning general manager told ESPN.com Friday. "He remains one of the best players in the league and an extremely important player to our team, both on and off the ice. We are a team in transition, we just made a coaching change, Marty is one of the leaders of the team, he is not going anywhere."
LeBrun suggests the St. Louis trade rumors (to the Boston Bruins, for example) didn't make much sense anyway. On-ice performance aside, the veteran forward is further cherished for how he sets the optimum example -- in terms of work ethic and his approach to the game -- for the Lightning's younger players.
Pierre LeBrunToo precious to move
"... Yes, St. Louis is 37 years old, and perhaps people wondered if he'd want to go elsewhere to win a Cup with Tampa struggling. But St. Louis matters so much more to the Tampa organization than what he does on the ice, which on its own remains impressive enough. He's still an all-world player. But that's just half the story in terms of his value to the Lightning ..."