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Former Lightning GM Brian Lawton says St. Louis requested trade to Rangers in 2009



Lightning star Marty St. Louis requested a trade to the Rangers in 2009, said Brian Lawton, who was Tampa Bay's general manager at the time.

Lawton, a television analyst for Canada's Sportsnet, said Friday on the program Hockey Central at Noon that St. Louis made the request because he did not like the way things were going with Tampa Bay, which was struggling under its new ownership and management groups.

Lawton, without naming names, also seemed to accuse the Rangers of tampering.

“I had my suspicions at the time that some of the people that were from Tampa Bay prior and then working for the Rangers were contacting (St. Louis) about the possibility of coming to play there,” said Lawton in an article posted on the Sportsnet website. “Our team was not doing well at that time. I immediately felt that was the issue. I made a couple of phone calls and had a couple of meetings with Marty about how important he is to the organization and eventually everything worked out rather quickly.”

You can read the entire article here.

This is relevant, of course, because it is believed St. Louis last month asked the Lightning to trade him to New York. St. Louis has a home in Greenwich, Conn. He also was was admittedly bitter when he was not selected to Canada's initial Olympic roster. Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman was Team Canada's executive director.

Such a trade seems a long shot at this point, at least before Wednesday's trade deadline. St. Louis, 38, who has one year left on his contract, is playing well and the Lightning is in the middle of the playoff hunt and about to get injured star Steven Stamkos back in the lineup.

The Rangers reportedly offered pending free agent Ryan Callahan in trade, a swap that made little sense for Tampa Bay.

[Last modified: Friday, February 28, 2014 7:26pm]


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