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St. Louis gets an A



As we saw in today's paper, Marty St. Louis will wear an A as an alternate captain next season, joining Brad Richards and Vinny Lecavalier.

St. Louis, 32, always has been a good leader but much of it has been behind the scenes. He gets rewarded and some much-deserved public recognition because captain Tim Taylor could miss the entire season because of major surgery on his right hip. You know that story, of course. Taylor, 38, played last season with a degenerative right hip that required two cortisone shots. He hoped to avoid surgery and play the last year of his contract, and his playing career, as he did last season. But Taylor said Thursday his hip has gotten so bad, he can no longer jog and can't sleep without an anti-inflammatory drug to cut the pain. So surgery is a must and could happen in September. After three weeks in which he will not be able to walk without help, Taylor faces a best-case four-month rehab that could get him back on the ice by February. Or perhaps he doesn't play at all.

GM Jay Feaster said Taylor will remain as captain while he rehabs with the team, but St. Louis gets the A to bolster the locker room's leadership.

"This is a natural extension of the leadership in the room already," Feaster said.

Said St. Louis: "I'm flattered and honored to wear the A.''

This is a great and deserving move by the Lightning. St. Louis is the 2003-04 regular-season MVP and last season had career highs of 43 goals, 59 assists and 102 points. He also is one of the reasons Vinny Lecavalier had the year that he did. Vinny is an outstanding talent but St. Louis pushed him to work hard on the ice every shift. Even Lecavalier said you can't watch St. Louis play and not want to keep up with him. Forget anything that happens in the locker room. That is real leadership.

Read the entire story in today's paper.

[Last modified: Sunday, August 16, 2009 4:38pm]


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