Martin St. Louis pushed for a trade from Tampa Bay to the New York Rangers, but after a little more than a season with the team, his tenure is likely over, according to the New York Post.
Per Larry Brooks:
Meanwhile, it also can be pretty much etched in stone that if Martin St. Louis chooses to continue his career, it will not be in New York, with both sides prepared to move on.
It is unknown whether the winger, who will turn 40 on Thursday and who has used outside doubts as fuel to generate a slam-dunk Hall of Fame career, will seek employment elsewhere. Maybe Montreal?
The main issue with moving to Montreal — or signing with almost any other team for that matter — is that it would once again separate St. Louis from his family, which is in Greenwich, Conn. That’s not to say that he won’t be wearing a new jersey next season, but that might be a factor when he decides whether or not to hang up his skates.
He previously stated that he wanted to take some time to reflect before moving forward and at the time the Rangers were in the same boat. All things being equal, their preference might be to have him back, but the Rangers will have to navigate through a somewhat difficult cap situation this summer, which makes it easy to buy into the idea that they’re preparing to move on from St. Louis.
Although his age will doubtlessly be a consideration should he enter the open market, there should be demand for St. Louis after he scored 21 goals and 52 points in 74 contests in 2014-15.
Martin St. Louis is mere weeks away from celebrating his 40th birthday and shortly after that his current contract with the New York Rangers will expire. He’s not sure if another deal is in the cards.
“I’m going to get a chance to reflect and think about it and go from there,” St. Louis said, per The Record.
St. Louis talked to coach Alain Vigneault and assistant GM Jeff Gorton for his exit interview and conveyed to them his desire to think about his future before moving forward. Vigneault thinks that’s a good idea for all sides as the Rangers can use that time to get better sense of what they can offer St. Louis monetarily.
The Rangers have around $60.5 million tied to 15 players and still have to re-sign restricted free agents Derek Stepan and Carl Hagelin. So while the Rangers like what St. Louis brings to the table, they might not be able to offer him much.
Of course, St. Louis could potentially play elsewhere, but part of his motivation for demanding a trade to the Rangers specifically was to be closer to his family. It’s not clear how willing he would be to move in order to extend his NHL career.
St. Louis had 21 goals and 52 points in 74 contests this season. He also recorded a goal and seven points in 19 playoff games.
The New York Rangers have re-acquired the seventh round pick for this month’s draft, which they initially sent to Tampa Bay in the Martin St. Louis deal last season.
In exchange, the Lightning receive prospect Daniel Walcott.
Walcott finished his second season in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League this year with the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada. The 5-foot-11, 165-pound, blue liner had seven goals and 41 points in 54 regular season games.
The 21-year-old also appeared in one American Hockey League game with the Hartford Wolf Pack registering a minus-1 rating.
Walcott was originally the Rangers fifth round selection (140th overall) in 2014.