It appears Marty St. Louis trade rumors will fester
Lightning captain Marty St. Louis and general manager Steve Yzerman had a chance to squash the trade rumors surrounding St. Louis, but that did not happen on Wednesday.
In his first practice with the team since winning a gold medal with Canada at the Olympics, St. Louis acknowledged he has had discussions with Yzerman about his future with Tampa Bay. Beyond that, he declined to elaborate.
"The only thing I can say about that is I've had conversations with Steve on my future here," St. Louis said. "Out of respect for my teammates I think that's all I'm going to say about that. I'm not going to get into answering this question every day. I've had conversations with Steve about my future here. Those conversations are between me and Steve."
Asked about those conversations, Yzerman, too, declined to be specific.
"I'm not going to comment on trade rumors in this situation or any situation," he said. "That's just the way it is."
The trade rumors exploded after Canada won the Olympic gold medal with a New York Post report that the Rangers had inquired about obtaining St. Louis. The impetus for that, apparently, was St. Louis' admitted bitterness at being being left off Canada's original roster. Yzerman was Team Canada's executive director.
St. Louis was added to Team Canada as a replacement for injured teammate Steven Stamkos. But reports out of Canada indicated St. Louis, who has a no-move clause in his contract and a house in Greenwich, Conn., would be amenable to a trade to the Rangers. But the rumor of a one-to-one swap for New York captain Ryan Callahan clearly was a deal Yzerman was not going to make.
To be fair we don't know the nature of the conversations between St. Louis and Yzerman or if any trade requests actually were made. We do know that by not squelching the rumors they will fester until the March 5 trade deadline.
"I said I'm not going to talk about it," St. Louis reiterated. "These are conversations I've had between me and Steve, and they're going to stay that way."