Martin St. Louis’ Future
Martin St. Louis’ first full year in New York has come to a bitter end, leaving many fans desiring more out of the aging winger. He had an above average regular season with 21 goals and 52 points in 74 games, but failed to produce when it really mattered, the playoffs. After being a catalyst to the playoff run to the Finals last season, St. Louis only had one goal and 7 points in 19 playoff games this year.
St. Louis’ age appears to be catching up to him these days. His speed isn’t where it was last year, and he hasn’t been able to finish like he used to. He’s an unrestricted free agent this offseason, and faces a major personal and business decision. One of the main reasons he wanted a trade to the Rangers when he bolted (pun intended) out of Tampa Bay was his family. He wanted to move closer to be with them in their Connecticut home, and that factor could leave him with very limited options if the Rangers chose not to re-sign him.
There will be teams chomping at the idea of having an experienced player like St. Louis on their roster, but the situation may not be right for him. He could chose to stay with the Rangers on a cheap, one year deal and make one final Stanley Cup run with the team before he calls it quits for good. Another option is going on the market and hoping someone in the area, like the Islanders, Devils, Bruins or even Buffalo offer him a lucrative deal.
At the end of the day, I think Martin St. Louis will be a Ranger come next season, and that it will be his last season in the NHL. His family plays a big role in his life, as does hockey and it’s ultimate prize, so sacrificing some money shouldn’t be an issue in my eyes if Glen Sather comes knocking. The deal could be in the 1.5 – 2 million range.
St. Louis has expressed his love & want to play for the Rangers, but has said that Glen Sather will wait to see if money permits before officially bringing him back.
UPDATE: Glen Sather has said that MSL will not be back with the Rangers, mainly for financial reasons.