NEW YORK -- Although Martin St. Louis would call it only one of the reasons he eventually asked for a trade, the right wing strongly said Wednesday night that he first came to the realization he no longer wanted to play for the Tampa Bay Lightning on Jan. 7, the day he was left off Canada's initial Olympic roster.
St. Louis was with the Lightning for a game against the Winnipeg Jets at MTS Centre when his general manager and Canada executive director Steve Yzerman revealed the 25-man roster for the 2014 Sochi Olympics at a press conference in Toronto. Even though St. Louis would eventually replace injured Lightning teammate Steven Stamkos on Canada's gold-medal winning team, the feeling he had when Yzerman passed him over that day never went away.
"That day in Winnipeg was a tough day for me," St. Louis said. "I'm an emotional guy. But once the dust settled, I still felt strongly in what I wanted and what was best for me, the organization and my family."
Nearly two months later, Yzerman granted St. Louis' wish to be traded to the New York Rangers.