Martin St. Louis can easily be named the greatest player in the Tampa Bay Lightning franchise history. Hearing that the 38-year-old legend wants to leave may be a shock but it's not without reason.
St. Louis just earned a huge achievement on his already impressive career. St. Louis, along with Team Canada won Olympic Gold at the Sochi Winter Olympics.
Although St. Louis was chosen for the team it was only because he was asked to replace his injured Tampa Bay teammate, Steven Stamkos.
The general manager of Team Canada was Steve Yzerman, who also happens to be the Tampa Bay Lightning general manager.
The fact that Yzerman neglected to add St. Louis to the original team may be the reason for this trade request.
Martin St. Louis was on the Canadian Olympic team in 2006 where they did not place. The perfect addition to any NHL players career would be achieving a gold medal and although St. Louis is older, he doesn't show it, winning the Art Ross trophy last year.
Much of Tampa Bay's success can be attributed to Martin St. Louis. He was an important part in the Stanley Cup win for the Lightning.
It's possible that St. Louis feels that he has put so much into this team and didn't even get the honour to be named to Team Canada initially, by his own general manager.
When asked by reporters about the trade rumours St. Louis said: "I’ve had talks with Steve about my future with the team and I’ll leave it at that."
The trade deadline is quickly approaching, on Wednesday March 5th we will find out if Tampa's greatest player will be traded to the New York Rangers.
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