Tag: Marty St. Louis

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PHT’s top 14 of ’14: Canada dominates en route to Olympic gold


The numbers alone explain how well Canada played at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi:

Six games, six wins, 17 goals for, three allowed.

But to get a better sense of how truly dominant the team was, consider what the guy that built it said.

“Since I’ve been around, it’s the most impressive, the greatest display of defensive hockey,” Canadian GM Steve Yzerman said after a 3-0 win over Sweden in the gold medal game. “They were committed to this, and I think that’s ultimately why we won is because our leaders, our best players, said, ‘Guys we’re going to win; we don’t care about individual statistics.’

“We’re going to play the right way.”

And play the right way they did. The Canadians re-wrote the history books in Sochi, never trailing for a single second of the tournament while setting an Olympic record for fewest goals allowed. They also became the first back-to-back gold medalists since the Soviet Union turned the trick in 1984 and ’88, and were the first Canadian team to go undefeated at the Olympics since the Conn Smythe-led 1928 team ran the table at St. Moritz.

In Sochi, Canada’s opponents acknowledged just how talented a squad they were up against.

“They played unbelievable defense,” said Sweden’s Niklas Hjalmarsson, per the National Post. “One of the best teams I’ve ever played against, for sure.”

Of course, there were individual standouts. Carey Price finished the tournament with an 164-minute shutout streak and was named top goalie. Drew Doughty led the team with six points in six games en route to best defenseman honors. Shea Weber got one past the seemingly unbeatable Kristers Gudlevskis in the quarterfinal win over Latvia, and Jamie Benn scored the all-important goal in the 1-0 semifinal win over the U.S.

But in the end, it was Canada’s team game that stood out. A collection of individual stars buying in and accepting their roles — P.K. Subban, a Norris Trophy winner, played 11 minutes the entire tournament — while understanding that, for six games, they were all combining for something historic.

“It’s a great team that we had in this tournament,” Jonathan Toews said, per the Globe. “You can see it developing, the chemistry in the locker room, the guys start to understand their roles. It’s not easy for some guys. You look at guys like Roberto Luongo or Marty St. Louis, or even Sharpie (Patrick Sharp) tonight, guys that have made sacrifices to win the gold medal. You ask them, I don’t think they care.

“It’s an amazing feeling to be a part of a team like that, whether your role was big or small … we’re just an amazing team to watch, the way we work together.”

What they’re saying about St. Louis’ return to Tampa Bay

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Tonight, Martin St. Louis will return to Tampa Bay for the first time since his stunning departure last spring.

The explanation for his trade demand has always been unclear — a nebulous, blanket statement of “family reasons” was most prevalent — and so too have the responses; onlookers seem torn between acknowledging the tremendous things St. Louis accomplished during his improbable 16-year career, and accepting the ugly way he ditched the Lightning organization (while serving as captain, no less).

Here’s what some notable pundits are saying in anticipation of tonight’s affair.

Tom Jones, Tampa Bay Times

You could boo him. That’s certainly your right.

You could bring his old jersey to the game and use it to clean the nacho cheese off your fingers. That, too, is your right.

You could bring a sign telling him to go back to New York and take his no-good, stinkin’ Rangers buddies with him. All of that is fair game.

But here’s what you should do tonight when Marty St. Louis takes the ice at Amalie Arena for the first time since being traded in March from the Lightning to the Rangers:

You should get up out of your seat, put your hands together and show him the appreciation and respect for everything he did for you, Tampa Bay and the Lightning organization.

“I’m expecting the worst,” St. Louis said, “and hoping for the best.”

He deserves your best.

Martin Fennelly, Tampa Tribune

The Lightning will show a video tribute to honor their former captain. How 19,000 people react will be fascinating. My guess is that No. 26, this time around, gets treated more like a sinner than a saint.

“People are entitled to their opinion and I respect it,” St. Louis said. “I know a lot of them probably will heal with time. It is what it is. I’m expecting the worst, hoping for the best.”

A night like this was always going to happen. We’ve known that, Marty has known that, since last March, when he demanded a trade and Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman sent him to the Rangers for their captain, Ryan Callahan. The wound is still too fresh for some. There are fans who feel betrayed. To them, St. Louis deserted his team.

“Some people can live with that, some people can move on, and some people are going hold that to their grave, probably,” said St. Louis’ friend and former teammate, Steven Stamkos. “I think Marty understands that. I think everyone in here understands that there are probably going to be mixed emotions from the fans. We’ll see how it goes.”

Get it out of your system, folks.

Boo your lungs out.

Andrew Astleford, Fox Sports Florida

This is his life. It was his choice to leave a team high and dry that tapped him as the franchise’s ninth captain. It was his choice to act in a way that made him an instant villain to many.

Tuesday, it was easy to sense some regret from St. Louis with the way he made his former home a speck in the distance. He said he never had a chance to say goodbye. He said the whiplash nature of those whirlwind hours was hard.

“That was the toughest part,” he said.

But again, this is his life. Joe Maddon’s choice to opt out of his contract with the Tampa Bay Rays in October offers a chance to revisit St. Louis’ choice with a different perspective.

A man should be free to make his way in the world however he desires. Life is larger than team legacy. Life should be about more than stats, trophies and the roar of a crowd as “Louie Louie” plays.

Life, after all, can be too short.

St. Louis’ former coach in Tampa Bay, Jon Cooper, has a fairly good handle on the situation — and what to expect tonight.

“He does have probably a pretty in-depth relationship with the fans, and sometimes family members get in a fight and I think that’s what happened,” Cooper said, per TBO. “Sometimes they make up, sometimes they don’t. And this is a pretty big family, so the chances of them all forgiving are probably not there. So, I’m sure he’s probably going to hear it at both ends of the spectrum.

“All that I ask is people should remember what he did for the organization, because he did a lot of great things.”

Columnist: Lightning fans should thank St. Louis for trade demand

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Marty St. Louis is one of the greatest players to ever wear a Tampa Bay Lightning jersey and for a brief time he was also their captain. Still, some fans might chose to voice their displeasure over his decision to demand a trade while the team was preparing for a playoff run when he returns to Amalie Arena on Wednesday for the first time since that deal

Tampa Bay Times writer Joe Smith argued that he did the team a favor though:

At the time, it hurt … But St. Louis didn’t want to be here, no matter his reasons. And that Tampa Bay, having the ability to negotiate with just the Rangers, was able to snag wing Ryan Callahan along with two first-round picks may end up being a steal, especially considering how deep next year’s draft is.

Tampa Bay also got a chance to move on. This was always going to be Steven Stamkos’ team eventually. The trade just sped up the process. And with an extremely young group of players, along with a relatively new coach in Jon Cooper, that culture could be created with a more seamless process. St. Louis was the last link to the old guard.

The Lightning traded away one of those two first-round picks to the New York Islanders in exchange for the 35th and 57th selections in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft (Dominik Masin and Johnathan MacLeod respectively). The Lightning still control the Rangers’ top pick in 2015.

Of course, while this trade might end up benefiting Tampa Bay in the long run, St. Louis’ time isn’t over yet. He might be 39 years old, but he’s still playing at an elite level with eight goals and 17 points in 20 contests. He’ll be taking a four-game point streak with him to Tampa Bay.