The reaction to Martin St. Louis jumping ship from the Tampa Bay Lightning has been (perhaps appropriately) harsh.
The recent Olympic gold medallist not only requested a trade out of the Sunshine State, but also reportedly demanded the New York Rangers be his new club.
Many see St. Louis’ side in all of this — that he was snubbed by double-GM Steve Yzerman for the original Team Canada roster after being a perfect soldier for the Bolts. That, at 38, he wants to move closer to his off-season home, Connecticut.
Our own Steve Simmons believes St. Louis, as well as the man he was traded for, Ryan Callahan, both “acted the way a captains should never act” by basically dialing the phone for their respective GMs.
A photo circulating on Twitter Thursday night echoed Simmons’ point.
At the Lightning’s first game since Wednesday’s trade deadline — a home contest versus the Buffalo Sabres — a Tampa fan showed her displeasure in a not-so-subtle way:
— Caleigh Baldwin (@CaleighWaleigh) March 7, 2014
(Thanks to theScore for bringing this jersey-related nugget to our attention.)
UPDATE: Another fan in the stands reworked his MSL jersey to reflect his post-deadline feelings:
— Ken Carpenter (@CarpenterHockey) March 7, 2014