For St. Louis, there is one more chance at a memory

by Gary Shelton on May 25, 2015 · 1 comment

in general, Tampa Bay Lightning

Monday, 10:22 a.m.

Watch out for the little guy.

The old little guy.

Here on Memorial Day, you remember Marty St. Louis, don't you? For that matter, Rangers fans remember St. Louis, too, because he hasn't done a lot lately.   Sure, New York is an Original Six team, but lately, St. Louis seems like one of the Original Six players. In this playoff, he seems to be chasing the game.

He has one goal in the playoffs, which sort of puts him in the back seat

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scott myers May 26, 2015 at 2:48 pm

Hear are my thoughts on Marty leaving Tampa Bay that I wrote on 3/6/2014. Nothing has transpired since then that change my thoughts.
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There are 30 teams in the NHL. All things being equal, that means that each NHL team will win one Stanley Cup once every 30 years. But all things are not equal. Of the 20 NHL championships that have been played since the Tampa Bay Lightning were born in 1992-1993, just 13 different teams have raised the trophy. At that rate, it will take 46 years for each team to win at least once. But it will actually take longer than that. Note that 6 teams have never been to a Stanley Cup final, and 6 other teams, who have been, have never won. So there are 12 teams out of 30 who have never won a Stanley Cup. To win a Stanley Cup is a rare or non-existent event for all but a few teams.

Now consider the TB Lightning’s situation three quarters through the NHL 2013-2014 season – firmly in playoff contention, and their best player – Stammer – returning to the lineup tonight. There should be cause for great optimism regarding the prospects of the team to be able to go deep into post-season play. The last thing you would expect to happen is for this opportunity to be intentionally jeopardized by one player, that player being the team captain – Martin St. Louis.

Now I understand that one sometimes has to work for someone he/she does not like, respect, etc. In my 44 year career, just once did I have to take the extreme action of resigning my position because I despised my boss AND hated the new job he forced on me unilaterally. In Marty’s case, last I heard, he still loved to play hockey. He has chosen not to share with us how and why he arrived at his decision to demand the trade to the NY Rangers. That is his choice, but I think his legacy is permanently stained. What professional teams and players continually fail to realize, is that they do have a responsibility to the taxpaying fans. $86 million of public money helped fund the Tampa Bay Times Arena. We have been told repeatedly, that there is huge value in having major league teams in one’s community and the ultimate goal is to win the league championship – the Stanley Cup in this case. When a single player voluntarily seriously jeopardizes this rare opportunity, it can be seen only as a selfish action.

Marty St. Louis sends the message, again, loud and clear, that taxpayers and fans matter not at all, except of course for all the money they transfer to the leagues/teams/players.
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