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How’s The Martin St. Louis Trade Working Out?

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

... the solace one can take from the Rangers’ performance in losing their second straight at the Garden and third straight overall, because if the Blueshirts advance to the conference finals, they will owe this year’s first-rounder to the Lightning (instead of a second-rounder) as payment for Marty St. Louis … in addition to the 2015 first-rounder and Ryan Callahan already deposited into Tampa Bay’s account in the March 7 deadline trade.

The return thus far: one goal (shorthanded) in 19 regular-season games followed by two in 12 playoff matches … and none in the last nine games after St. Louis scored twice in the first seven periods of the first round. This from a player who entered the tournament with 33 goals in 63 career playoff games.

It was even worse in Game 4 than those overall numbers might connote. For St. Louis suffered through an abysmal night, coughing up the puck repeatedly, unable to generate a thing offensively, and finally losing his man in front on the Penguins’ final goal that clinched it just 57 seconds after the Blueshirts had somehow drawn within 3-2 with 6:53 to go in the third despite generating a total of 13 shots to that point.

“This was probably the worst playoff game I’ve played as long as I can remember playing,” St. Louis told The Post after the game. “For some reason, I couldn’t do anything.

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St. Louis should have read Babcocks “grass aint always greener” quote before throwing a hissy in Tampa.

Posted by Hootinani on 05/08/14 at 08:29 AM ET

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St. Louis should have read Babcocks “grass aint always greener” quote before throwing a hissy in Tampa.

Because he stayed on a team that was swept in the first round?

Posted by Garth on 05/08/14 at 09:39 AM ET

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St. Louis was overpaid to perform this season, to help win a Cup for the New York Rangers. He was traded for Ryan Callahan and a couple of draft picks. Callahan did not score a single point in the playoffs, a big reason why Tampa Bay was swept. It is arguable to that St. Louis may have helped Tampa Bay win a game but unlikely he could have helped win the series. Tampa Bay was overmatched. Ryan Callahan might be more productive for the Rangers since he has played in their system his entire career and was a good contributor. With Ryan Callahan, the Rangers might be tied in this series. I NOW consider the St. Louis trade to be a mistake.

Posted by awould on 05/08/14 at 01:27 PM ET

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