May 25, 2014; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Martin St. Louis (26) celebrates after scoring the game-winning goal against the Montreal Canadiens during the overtime period in game four of the Eastern Conference Final of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Would Martin St. Louis Retire If New York Rangers Win the Stanley Cup?


The New York Rangers are four wins away from possibly capturing their first Stanley Cup in 20 years, and they’re receiving quite a boost from 38-year-old winger Martin St. Louis, who came to Broadway at the trade deadline with high hopes of winning another championship before hanging up his skates for good.

If indeed he succeeds, one question many would be asking is whether or not that would be the end for St. Louis.

May 22, 2014; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Martin St. Louis skates with the puck against the Montreal Canadiens during the third period in game three of the Eastern Conference Final of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports

Already a shoo-in for the Hall of Fame, you could easily argue that a second Cup would no doubt cement him as one of the greatest players to ever play the game of hockey. It’s already amazing that he’s won two Art Ross trophies awarded to the NHL’s leading point producer, one Hart Trophy, the Lester B. Pearson Award as players MVP, three Lady Byng trophies and a Stanley Cup back in 2004.

Combine that with his veteran leadership and ability to raise his game to new heights come playoff time, something that’s come in handy for the Rangers during this extended run, and it’s possible St. Louis would choose retirement over playing another few seasons because there’s no guarantee he’d even be fighting for another Cup before his body forces him to the sidelines.

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Even so, it’s hard for me to imagine St. Louis hanging up the skates right now. He’s still capable of performing at an extremely high level, as evidenced by his team-leading six goals and 13 points in 20 playoff games. Plus, at 38 he’s still younger than Martin Brodeur, Jaromir Jagr and the recently retired Teemu Selanne, all of whom have meant so much to the evolution of NHL hockey.

That being said, what do you all think? Should St. Louis retire if the Rangers win it all, or does he still have plenty more to offer? Feel free to sound off in the comments below.

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  • James Bleyer

    He wouldn’t but I’m afraid the question is moot.