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St. Louis, Lightning discuss future with team

Wednesday, 02.26.2014 / 12:36 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  / 2014 Trade Deadline blog

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2014 Trade Deadline blog
St. Louis, Lightning discuss future with team

Tampa Bay Lightning forward Martin St. Louis told reporters Wednesday he has had discussions with general manager Steve Yzerman regarding his future with the team.

St. Louis did not elaborate, but according to a report by Newsday's Arthur Staple, three NHL sources confirmed St. Louis requested a trade last month.

The NHL Trade Deadline is March 5 at 3 p.m. ET.

The 38-year-old right wing comes off winning a gold medal with Canada at the 2014 Sochi Olympics but was originally left off the team by Yzerman, who served as GM for Canada.

St. Louis was added to the team when Lightning teammate Steven Stamkos wasn't cleared to return from a broken leg in time for the Olympics and had to give up his roster spot.

St. Louis has played all but 69 of his 1,037 regular-season games with the Lightning. He won the Stanley Cup with Tampa Bay in 2004.

Last season, St. Louis became the oldest player in NHL history to win a scoring title when he finished with 60 points in 48 games, and he ranks 12th in this season with 56 points in 58 games.

Quote of the Day

I have been blessed to play for 16 years in the NHL; it has been an amazing ride. I would like to thank the Tampa Bay Lightning and New York Rangers organizations and owners for providing me the opportunity to play the sport I love for so many years. I could have never played for so long or accomplished all that I have without the unwavering love and support from my wife, Heather, our three sons, Ryan, Lucas, and Mason, and my parents.

— Martin St. Louis after announcing his retirement from the NHL on Thursday