For the most part, the fallout of the Martin St. Louis trade to the New York Rangers (in exchange for Rangers captain, Ryan Callahan) has not painted St. Louis in the best of lights. Deadspin led with the headline “Martin St. Louis Tantrums His Way Out of Tampa”. Most reactions have commended Tampa Bay Lightning GM Steve Yzerman making the best of a awful situation.
While everything is pure speculation at this point (and it is doubtful we will ever know the truth of what happened behind closed doors), Martin St. Louis was not happy with his GM for overlooking him when constructing the Canadian Olympic roster. That could be understandable; you are talking about a highly competitive athlete being snubbed by his own GM. However, Yzerman made good on St. Louis and called him up when Steven Stamkos was not cleared medically for the tournament. Apparently, this was no good enough for St. Louis, and he asked to be traded.
It was bad enough that the captain of the Lightning was asking for a trade, but was also forcing the front office’s hand by only approving a trade to the New York Rangers. This severely limited the Lightning in their negotiations; what could they do…they had to deal with the Rangers and the only other option was not trading St. Louis and deal with his sour mood the rest of the season.
I can understand St. Louis wanting a change of scenery. However, the way this was all handled was very immature and damages his character. He had a legacy in Tampa Bay, and the way this trade request was handled damaged it.
Put the Rangers at the top of your list, but to handicap your GM and put yourself before the team you have played for your entire career is just not they way to handle things.
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