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St. Louis coy about discussions with Lightning GM Yzerman

TSN.ca Staff

2/26/2014 1:15:33 PM

If Martin St. Louis still looking for a way out of Tampa Bay, the 38-year-old NHL veteran isn't showing his cards.

When asked Wednesday about his name surfacing in trade rumours ahead of the Mar. 5 NHL trade deadline, St. Louis told reporters: "I've had conversations with Steve (Yzerman) about my future with the team and I'll leave it at that."

St. Louis has been rumoured to be unhappy in Tampa after being left off the initial 2014 Team Canada Olympic roster by Yzerman - general manager of both the Lightning and Team Canada. St. Louis was later named to the team as Steven Stamkos' injury replacement.

"Out of respect for my teammates I think that's all I'm going to say about that," St. Louis continued. "I'm not going to get into answering this question every day."

Yzerman also declined to give any details on the speculation. "I'm not going to comment on trade rumors in this situation or any situation," he said. "That's just the way it is."

Appearing in five games with Team Canada at the Sochi Games, St. Louis was held pointless in Team Canada's gold medal effort.

St. Louis, in the third season of a four-year deal he signed with the Lightning prior to the 2010-2011 season worth an average annual value of $5.625 million, is the Lightning's leader in both goals (25) and points (56) this season.

Originally undrafted, St. Louis has fought his way to a long and productive NHL career, scoring 365 goals and 603 assissts in 1,037 career games with the Lightning and Calgary Flames.

A six-time NHL All-Star, St. Louis is the reigning Art Ross Trophy-winner for most points in the 2012-13 NHL season. He has twice won the Art Ross, his previous win coming in the 2003-04 season in which he also won the Hart Memorial Trophy and Lester B. Pearson Awards for Most Valuable Player as voted by the Professional Hockey Writers' Association and the NHL players, respectively.

St. Louis won a Stanley Cup with the Lightning in 2004 and has won the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy as the NHL's Most Gentlemanly Player in three of the past four NHL seasons.