Buzz: There has been some contract talks with the Rangers and Marty St. Louis (Update)

Marty St. Louis12/20/14 | 5:02PM: The Rangers can’t keep Marty St. Louis around just because they gave up two first round picks to get him. The decision has to be made “independent” of that fact. (NY Post)

12/3/14 |5:27PM: Larry Brooks writes that there is “little doubt” that the Rangers will want to keep St. Louis and the only issue will be whether Marty will be okay with signing a one-year incentive based contract.(NY Post)

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Read: Marty St. Louis on his on-ice mentality and what drives him

Marty St. LouisMarty St. Louis said that off the ice he is a guy who likes to joke around and have fun but once the game starts he gets very “intense.” (NY Post)

He said that when he gets into the “zone,” his game has a swagger to it and he is anticipating plays and where the puck is going. He adds that when he is in that zone he wants the puck on his stick. (NY Post)

Marty said that his desire to be successful every day and his desire to win the Stanley Cup again are the things that drive him.  (NY Post)

He said that as a player he has had to evolve and adapt his game and that now he reads the game better than he did when he was younger. (NY Post)

St. Louis is currently on pace for 28 goals and 36 assists.

Read: Marty St. Louis’ first NHL game was played in Japan

Marty St. Louis told Steve Serby that he made his NHL debut with the Calgary Flames in a game against the San Jose Sharks in Tokyo, Japan. (NY Post)

St. Louis said that the NHL was in Japan to help try and promote hockey after the Nagano Olympics.

He said that he remembered being intimidated and it took him a while not to feel like an outsider in the NHL. (NY Post)

The game took place on October 9, 1998 and ended in a 3-3 tie.

St. Louis finished the game with two shots on goal.

That season, 1998-99, St. Louis played 13 games for the Flames, had a goal, an assist and averaged 8:15 per game.

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Read: Marty St. Louis inspires Mats Zuccarello

Mats Zuccarello says that Marty St. Louis is an inspiration to him and the two are becoming “really good friends.” (LoHud via Nettavisen)

Zuccarello said he has learned a lot from Marty and just watching how he practices and how professional he is is “unbelievable.”  (LoHud via Nettavisen)

Zuccarello said that it’s really important to him to have St. Louis with the team. (LoHud via Nettavisen)

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Read: The thing about Marty St. Louis that really impresses Henrik Lundqvist

Henrik Lundqvist Marty St. LouisHenrik Lundqvist said that the thing that is most impressive to him about Marty St. Louis is how hard he works everyday. (NY Post)

Lundqvist said that St. Louis is always working on the ice, talking to guys and helping them improve. (NY Post)

He adds that when a player like Marty St. Louis is talking “how could you do anything but listen.”(NY Post)

Over the summer, St. Louis said of Lundqvist “he is a competitor. In practice and games, he competes really hard. He likes to laugh, no doubt but on gameday he is very focused and we are fortunate to have him on our team because he makes us better and he competes on every shot in practice. I enjoy everything except that I look so under dressed every time I am next to him.”

John Tortorella called Henrik Lundqvist one of the greatest competitors he has ever seen.

Lundqvist has always been praised for his competitiveness.

Read: Marty St. Louis’ comments after the game

Marty St. LouisMarty St. Louis met with the media on MSG following the Rangers loss to Tampa Bay:

  • “it’s a puck possession team. They play on the move and got us running around a bit and tired bodies….couldn’t come out together….especially in the second, guys were stuck out there too long and couldn’t put the puck where we needed to to get some sustained offensive zone pressure. Couldn’t come out clean, it’s a good team.”

St. Louis played 19:36, was a minus one, had one shot attempt blocked, two that missed the net and one giveaway.

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Recap: Marty St. Louis with Sam Rosen (Updates)

Marty St. Louis8:16PM: St. Louis joined John Giannone during the first intermission and said:

  • On the first period, “it was a high pace game. Their PP is really good but for the most part we answered, physical period, up and down and we will just try to stick with it.”
  • On the tribute, “Today is a day of closure for me. I was touched by the standing ovation and I want to give them the proper thank you, they deserve it.”
  • On Dan Boyle, “it’s a big thing that he gets going and a big addition to our team. For him to get going, he brings a lot of offense to our team whether he puts up points or not. He is big in transition, a playmaking player and we are glad to have him.”

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Read: Marty St. Louis on the timing of his trade to New York and his family

Marty St. LouisMarty St. Louis spoke with Rick Peckham of the NHL Network on Tuesday and spoke about the timing and reasons for his decision to come to the Rangers last year.

St. Louis said, “I always felt that I would maybe try to finish my career in New York. I didn’t think I would still be playing as late in my 30s and a successful player. It almost….my kids were getting older, their hockey they were traveling so much out of state, especially my older one. It was just…now it was….my second child is now getting older and be traveling to and it’s just impossible to manage all of that. I just felt that it was the right time. This is the time, if we don’t do it now, who knows if we will do it. Looking back, it was a big part of the reason, getting the kids somewhere we could manage their activities a lot better.” (NHL.com)

St. Louis reportedly requested a trade to the Rangers in 2009.

He has mentioned family before as a big reason for why he wanted to come to the Rangers.

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