Report: Rangers very unlikely to re-sign St. Louis

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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.