Suddenly, it appears that Marty St. Louis, rather than Vinny Lecavalier, may be the Tampa Bay Lightning star that could be on the move.
Multiple teams are calling Lightning GM Brian Lawton about St. Louis' availability even though the veteran forward has a no-trade clause in his contract. One of the most interested clubs may be the New York Rangers, particularly since St. Louis' former coach, John Tortorella, is now behind the New York bench.
St. Louis would become the No. 1 forward available before Wednesday's NHL trade deadline if the Lightning were to ask him to waive his no-trade status. Not only is he still an elite and productive forward, the 33-year-old has Stanley Cup championship experience and will be heading into the final two years of a contract next season that will pay him a very affordable $4 million in salary.
By comparison, winger Ryan Malone is another Tampa player who may be available, but he has four years left on a deal that pays him $4.25 million per season.
Other teams are calling, but the offensively challenged Blueshirts might be the team that would benefit most by St. Louis' talents. New York has significant assets in prospects, including Brampton winger Evgeny Grachev.
This was mentioned by Bob McKenzie on NHL live earlier today. I would love him on the Rangers, but oh god... the price is going to be extremely steep. I think Tortorella will insist that Sather pay up but I doubt he will
I like St. Louis but not at the expense of Grachev. He's getting up there in age and is tiny, we certainly don't need another small forward. However, $4 million is pretty inexpensive for a player like St. Louis, especially when you consider that washed-up Tkachuk makes the same amount.