No rest (or vacation) for Tampa Bay Lightning's Marty St. Louis
Marty St. Louis said he was asked by the Players' Association to take part in Wednesday's negotiating session with the league on a new collective bargaining agreement. But the Tampa Bay Lightning star said he is better off right now on the sidelines waiting to hear what comes of the talks.
St. Louis last week was part of the players' face-to-face meetings with owners that appeared to make progress until the league on Thursday angrily broke off negotiations. In the process, St. Louis missed two skates with teammates at the Ice Sports Forum in Brandon. He sounded as if he would miss more. After talks broke down, he texted he would not skate "any time soon" and that perhaps it was time to take a vacation.
But St. Louis has been at the rink all this week,.
"I was just pretty crushed on Friday," St. Louis said of last week's negotiating meltdown and why he believed a vacation was a good idea. "I just didn't expect that. I thought we were close."
But after a couple of days to decompress, St. Louis found some equilibrium and instead got back on the ice, and not just for the usual three-on-three games. Before and after games on Monday, St. Louis led his nine teammates in passing and conditioning drills.
"This week I want to get a good week of work and see where I'm at at Christmas," he said. "You've got to stay prepared. You don't do yourself a favor if you don't stay in shape. I'm just trying to do that. I'm trying to catch up right now."