If Martin St. Louis wanted to make trade rumors surrounding him go away in advance of the NHL trade deadline, his comments on Wednesday probably aren't going to get the job done. While he didn't come out and admit that he asked general manager Steve Yzerman for a trade -- as recent reports have indicated that he did -- he didn't exactly deny it, either.
Instead, he just left the floor open for even more speculation:
St Louis addresses trade rumors with brief answer "I've had conversations with Steve about my future with the team and I'll leave it at that— Erik Erlendsson (@erlendssonTBO) February 26, 2014
And so the beat goes on.
Multiple reports have surfaced over the past week that St. Louis requested a traded last month after he was left off the initial Team Canada roster. Yzerman was the general manager of that team before resigning from the position after Canada's second straight Gold medal performance.
The 38-year-old St. Louis still has another year on his contract and is still playing at a high level, scoring 25 goals to go with 21 assists in 58 games for a Lightning team that is challenging for the top spot in the Atlantic Division. One rumor that made the rounds last week involved a deal with the New York Rangers and Ryan Callahan, but given Callahan's contract status (he's an upcoming unrestricted free agent) Tampa Bay would obviously need a lot more coming back its way.
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Will the Rangers lose their captain?
Speaking of Callahan, TSN's Darren Dreger reported on the NHL Network on Tuesday night that it is 99 percent likely that Callahan is going to be traded before the March 5 deadline. The two sides have been unable to come to an agreement on a new contract, and rather than lose him for nothing in free agency the Rangers seem determined to get some sort of a return on their captain. Or perhaps it's all just a negotiating tactic by general manager Glen Sather to float his name in trade rumors and make it seem that a trade is close to put a little pressure on his captain.
The latest on Ryan Miller
Buffalo Sabres general manager Tim Murray seems like he is prepared to move from starting goaltender Ryan Miller. Meeting with the media before the Sabres' 3-2 win over Carolina on Tuesday, Murray said that their priority at this time is to pursue a proper trade. There doesn't seem to be a lot of teams in the market for a starting goaltender at this point, but St. Louis and Washington have been mentioned as possible destinations.
Bolland's high demand
From the "it never hurts to ask" files, Toronto Maple Leafs center Dave Bolland is reportedly seeking a seven-or eight-year contract extension worth as much as $40 million. The Maple Leafs seem to love him and view him as an important cog in their machine, but that seems like a fantasy for the type of player that Bolland is -- a physical, defensive center that can chip in the occasional goal. Useful player, but hardly the type you want to invest $5 million per year in.