UPDATE: Darren Dreger confirms McKenzie's report.
Teams may continue to call TBay on St Louis, but, as of now, Lightning are telling teams St Louis is locked on the New York Rangers. #tsn— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) February 27, 2014
While this is no earth shattering new information here, I think it's worth noting that this the first time that Tampa Bay has (indirectly) acknowledged St. Louis and New York as a potential marriage. More specifically, they're not telling teams that St. Louis can't or won't be traded, but rather that he can't or won't be traded, as of right now, to teams who aren't the "New York Rangers." It's a bit of semantics, but it should be identified as a small step by Tampa in terms of loosening their grip and preparing to move on from St. Louis.
Original Post: What a crazy few days this has been. Two weeks ago nobody would have even considered the idea that Martin St. Louis would retire anywhere besides Tampa Bay nor would the Lightning even listen to offers on their captain. Now, Bob McKenzie, previously skeptical that St. Louis would go anywhere, is reporting otherwise on TSN's 1050.
Mckenzie "my understanding is that St.Louis asked for a trade, still wants a trade and is willing to only go to the Rangers"— Hope_Smoke (@Hope_Smoke) February 26, 2014
However, McKenzie also believes Tampa Bay could opt to deal with the increasingly hostile situation in the summer.
McKenzie "Yzerman does not feel obliged by the deadline. This could drag into the summer"— Hope_Smoke (@Hope_Smoke) February 26, 2014
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