Forensics: Martin St. Louis

Anthony Lancione

2014-03-07

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Martin St. Louis will be a hit in Broadway Blue.

 

The 2014 NHL trade deadline has come and gone, leaving us with undoubtedly the most jaw-dropping few days of high profile transactions we've seen in the cap-era! The quantity wasn't what we've become accustomed to; of the depth stocking variety. Sportsnet's Jeff Marek had even cleverly coined the recently anti-climactic day as Tweak Deadline Day. However, this year's General Manager gut-check week will certainly be remembered as the year of the goalie (with half a dozen bona fide starters moved). Perennial, high-priced All-Stars, such as Tomas Vanek, Marian Gaborik & Martin St.Louis all found new homes.

 

The latter of which was possibly the most jarring, given that he Tampa Bay Lightning squad is in the midst prepping for a playoff, having just received the world's top sniper, Steven Stamkos, back from a long layoff.  St.Louis has been one of the league's best in 2014, having seen several spikes of fantastic output (usually when he has a chip on his shoulder, which we've seen prove true at times!)

 

1st quarter of 2013-14


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2nd quarter of 2013-14

 

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It may not be revealed for a while, or forever, what the actual reason was for GM, Steve Yzerman to flip the reigning Art Ross Trophy holder at this stage in the game, without an expiring deal. However, it has been well-documented the suspicions were both family-related & dictated by the pint-sized star for lack of respect in national team considerations by his very own GM.

 

Whatever the case, it's time to digest what has transpired and move forward as the diminutive forward still has plenty to offer, despite pushing 40 years of age. In The Big Apple, St.Louis should thrive with yet another of the game's more decorated snipers, Rick Nash; who with one more tally, will give him his 10th straight campaign with 20+ goals—The longest active streak in the league.

 

St.Louis has also been re-united with former teammate