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Olympic snub aside, Tampa Bay Lightning's St. Louis likes Yzerman hire

At Steve Yzerman’s news conference: from left, former Lightning GM Phil Esposito, players Marty St. Louis and Todd Fedoruk, and former captain Dave Andreychuk.

DIRK SHADD | Times

At Steve Yzerman’s news conference: from left, former Lightning GM Phil Esposito, players Marty St. Louis and Todd Fedoruk, and former captain Dave Andreychuk.

TAMPA — Marty St. Louis had a bone to pick with Steve Yzerman when Yzerman left the Lightning right wing off Canada's 2010 Olympic team.

And St. Louis still is irked. But any hurt feelings, he said Tuesday, do not alter his belief that hiring Yzerman as Tampa Bay's new general manager is a "good move."

"I'll always be disappointed I was not on that team," St. Louis said. "But I will not let that thought change how good this decision is for the organization."

Yzerman, who as Team Canada's executive director put together the gold-medal squad, also passed on Tampa Bay centers Steven Stamkos and Vinny Lecavalier and defenseman Kurtis Foster. But it was the absence of St. Louis, a veteran leader on his way to a stellar season, that raised the most eyebrows.

"I would start by saying I have been in the same position Marty St. Louis was in, being left off national teams," Yzerman said. "I've experienced it, so I understand and respect any feelings he has towards that.

"It speaks to the depth of the players in Canada," Yzerman added. "I had to make difficult decisions. I didn't make them lightly. If there is any type of issue (with St. Louis), we'll talk about it."

Olympic snub aside, Tampa Bay Lightning's St. Louis likes Yzerman hire 05/25/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:39pm]
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