The Tampa Bay Lightning signed right wing Martin St. Louis to a four-year contract extension today, Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced. The contract locks up St. Louis through the 2014-15 season.
“Today is a great day for the Lightning organization,” Yzerman said. “Marty means so much to this franchise, both on and off the ice. His hard work and dedication are unsurpassed and we are thrilled that he will finish his career here in Tampa Bay.”
St. Louis, 5-foot-9, 177 pounds, is the Lightning’s all-time leader in shorthanded goals with 28. He is also second on the franchise list for games played with 703, goals with 263, assists with 396, points with 659, power-play goals with 76 as well as game-winning goals with 47. St. Louis is also the franchise leader in playoff goals with 23, points with 48, overtime game-winners with three and plus/minus with a plus-18. He is tied for the Tampa Bay all-time playoff lead for games played with 45 and game-winning goals with seven.
"Since coming to Tampa in 2000, the goals for my playing career have evolved," said St. Louis. "I have now enjoyed many team and personal accolades, the highlight being our 2004 Stanley Cup win.
"Now the goal is to lead the Lightning back towards the top of the NHL while finishing my career here. My family and I would like to thank Steve and Mr. Vinik for giving us that opportunity. I will not let them or our fans in Tampa Bay down. We'll do everything we can as a team to achieve at the highest levels again."
A consummate leader in the dressing room, St. Louis was one of the backbones of the Lightning’s 2003-04 team that captured the franchise’s first Stanley Cup. En route to the first championship of his career he also garnered the Hart and Art Ross Trophies as well as the Lester B. Pearson and Bud Light Plus/Minus Awards. Most recently he added a Lady Byng Trophy to his trophy case at the 2010 NHL Awards in Las Vegas and was also named a second team post-season all-star. St. Louis is a five-time representative at the NHL All-Star Game, also being named a starter during the 2003-04 season.
Last year St. Louis was one of three Lightning players to appear in all 82 games. He currently holds the NHL’s fourth-longest active consecutive games played streak at 390. He ranked fifth in the NHL with 94 points, matching the second-highest total of his career. St. Louis was also fifth in the league with 65 assists and led the NHL in power play assists with 30. He was third in the league for average ice time among forwards with 21:48.
A native of Laval, Quebec, St. Louis has played in 772 career NHL games with Tampa Bay and the Calgary Flames. He has accumulated 267 goals, 679 points, 76 power play goals, 28 shorthanded goals and 48 game-winning goals with a plus-15 rating.
Originally undrafted out of the University of Vermont, St. Louis was signed by the Flames on February 19, 1998 before joining the Lightning as a free agent on July 31, 2000.