Martin St. Louis
There are good players, there are great players, and then there is the rarest of player who creates an everlasting legacy. Recently retired winger Martin St. Louis falls into the third bracket.
From a championship perspective, the St. Louis acquisition was a failure. However, he brought energy, commitment and guts to the ice on an every-night basis.
St. Louis left the Rangers with a parting gift. Every teammate he touched gained something extra by following Marty’s all-effort example.
New York Rangers forward Martin St. Louis is retiring after 16 NHL seasons, seven All-Star selections and one Stanley Cup with the Tampa Bay Lightning.
You don’t tear down a team that was 20 minutes away from making a second consecutive Stanley Cup Final appearance.
Henrik Lundqvist stopped 38 shots to rebound from two subpar performances and help the New York Rangers shut down the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-1 on Friday night in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals.
Though he skated Thursday and practiced without limitations Friday, Lightning forward Ryan Callahan is officially day-to-day for the opener of the Eastern Conference finals against the Rangers.
Losing in the second round would be really bad, but how the Blueshirts have gotten themselves into this predicament has been a lot worse.
The Rangers have done all of this without Lundqvist, St. Louis and Klein. Imagine what this team is capable of doing when its at full strength.
St. Louis appeared to get hurt during Sunday night’s game when Florida Panthers defenseman Dmitry Kulikov fell shoulder-first on his right knee early in the third period.
Scorching-hot goaltender Cam Talbot continued his mastery between the pipes. Talbot made 38 saves, including 20 during a one-sided second period controlled by the visitors.
New Yorkers are craving a Rangers-Islanders playoff showdown, and it almost seems inevitable that the Battle of New York will be fought in an epic playoff clash sometime in April or May.
Rangers wingers Mats Zuccarello and Martin St. Louis have blown hot and cold throughout the 2014-15 regular season. Both are pending unrestricted free agents and neither has made any progress toward reaching a contract extension.
Odds are good the Islanders and the Rangers will make the playoffs, but what shape each will be in when they get there is anyone’s guess.
Henrik Lundqvist can do only so much to help the New York Rangers.