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Will You Think Differently Of Martin St. Louis If He Is Traded?

from Mike Johnston of Sportsnet,

Seldom do trade requests go over well with fans, regardless of the player’s popularity. Retired stars like Eric Lindros and Patrick Roy were heavily criticized during their careers for the way they handled trade demands.

Lindros and Roy could at times be brash, but St. Louis is known as a stoic player who leads by example. If he remains steadfast in his request to be dealt to the Rangers, what message does that send to others around the league? Not a positive one.

Players like St. Louis and Kesler have no-trade clauses and control their own fate, but when athletes who are paid millions of dollars ask for trades while under contract, it can tarnish their image fast.

From the day he was passed over in the NHL draft to when he was snubbed for Team Canada, St. Louis has been an underdog we can cheer for. That will change if he is wearing a Rangers sweater come March 5.

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Thag's avatar

Anyone who willingly becomes a Ranger is dead to me.  I like him until then…

Posted by Thag from DC on 02/28/14 at 12:58 PM ET

redxblack's avatar

I fully support workers who wish to perform in a mutually fulfilling environment. If he doesn’t feel respected or needed in Tampa, he should look elsewhere instead of being a cancer on the team.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 02/28/14 at 01:48 PM ET

shanetx's avatar

. I fully support workers who wish to perform in a mutually fulfilling environment.

What an awesome way to put it.  I fully agree and haven’t been able to vocalize it nearly so well.

Posted by shanetx from Floydada, Texas on 02/28/14 at 02:31 PM ET

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Wow.  38 years old but still more than capable of putting on the boo-boo face.

With all due respect to other commenters here, I find nothing to respect or support about a team captain— who just barely missed (and was belatedly added to) what is quite possibly best hockey team that’s ever been assembled—deciding this personal slight is so crushing that the only way to assuage his feelings is to undermine the stretch-drive plans of the team that he’s the heart and soul of, that he’s played for for 14 years.  And just to up the self-indulgence quotient a little more, there’s only one destination he’ll go to. 

St. Louis has become very small in my eyes—the personification of a “me first” attitude that is common in pro sports, but still somewhat less common in hockey.  MSL was one of those players it seemed no one ever had anything bad to say about.  Emphasis on “was.”

And, no, I’m not a sad/angry Tampa Bay fan—no personal connection there at all.  Just surprised by and disappointed in the behavior from afar.

Posted by Lex Talionis on 02/28/14 at 03:32 PM ET

Lindas1st's avatar

All great careers go to New York to die. Espo, Dionne, Gretzky, Messier, Lindros, Bure, ect. ect ect…

Posted by Lindas1st from New England on 02/28/14 at 03:44 PM ET

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