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Tampa Bay Lightning and the 2014 NHL trade deadline coverage

Jump started by the news Martin St. Louis wants to be traded from the Tampa Bay Lightning to the New York Rangers, the 2014 NHL trade deadline season is sure to be an interesting one for Bolts fans. The deadline arrives on March 5th at 3 PM EST.

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Marty faces the New York press post-game

This video marks the end of the 2014 NHL Trade Deadline story strema on Raw Charge, and the content that closes out the stream can be seen as a bitter pill...  Because it's more of Martin St. Louis.

If you react to some of his answers in a volatile way, you're not the only one who has expressed this sentiment.  It's not the first time Tampa Bay sports fans have heard players crow about playing in a big market...  The problem is, many times that has happened and said-athlete can't live up to the pressure, or contributing at the value of the contract they signed with their new team.

We'll see how Marty handles things going forward.  At this point, though, as a Tampa Bay Lightning fan, I'm a mite (no pun intended) disappointed with #26.  He may have measured his words here, but they still sting a bit, and come off contradictary in some lights.

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Reactions from the trade deadline

This NHL trade deadline was the busiest since 2010, with plenty of marquee players moved and a surprising amount of goaltenders changing teams. How did the Lightning fare, and how's the rest of the conference look as the playoff race heats up?

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Steve Yzerman addresses media on deadline day

Martin St. Louis suited up for the first time Wednesday night as a New York Ranger after being traded. Earlier in the day, Tampa Bay Lightning General Manager Steve Yzerman looked uncomfortable when he addressed the media following the blockbuster trade.

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Tyrell, Taormina headed out in minor league deal

Jonathan Marchessault and Dalton Smith are expected to join AHL Syracuse, while Tyrell and Taormina will join the Springfield Falcons. Springfield is in second place in the Eastern Conference; Syracuse is in 11th.

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Surreal; jerseys on display at the NHLStore

A glimpse into the new present, an image that could be taken as both curious and painful depending on your mindset of today's event...  This image (or other pictures) is making the rounds on Twitter at current - it's the first Ryan Callahan Tampa Bay Lightning jersey, and the first Martin St. Louis New York Rangers sweater:

Callahan will be playing tomorrow for the Lightning, though I have no clue what line he will be on and whom he will play with.  Seeing it's the Sabres, it's an apt time to experiment with things (no offense to Ted Nolan and the rest of the Sabres organization.)

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VIDEO: Martin St. Louis exit-interview

From Fox 13 here in Tampa. It's all business... Where have I heard those words before?

: FOX 13 News

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2014 trade deadline open thread

This is a live discussion of te events of the 2014 NHL trade deadline day. Check in here to converse with other Lightning fans about league movement. Stay up to the minute with Twitter reporting too!

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It's best not to dwell on Marty

Despite the long years of success, Marty wanted out and vacated his responsibility as team captain for his own benefit. Don't dwell on the loss, Lightning players and fans. Dwell on the road ahead.

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St. Louis officially traded to the NYR

It's official -- Martin St. Louis has been traded to the new York Rangers for RW Ryan Callahan, a 1st round draft pick and a 2nd round draft selection.

We'll have more as the day progresses.

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St. Louis to New York rumors intensifying

Multiple major media source sare reporting the intensification of the New York Rangers pursuit of dissatisfied Botl Martin St. Louis this morning, with Ryan Cllahan and a package of draft picks as the return:

This runs counter to reports yesterday in Tampa that nothing was going on, "Quiet day" and all that.  It also seems to confirm the damage done by the leak of St. Louis' dissatisfactionin Tampa and the club's 1-3-0 road trip through thw est where the effort was there but the cohesion was gone.

If this deal goes down, it is possible that the Lightning will shop Callahan before the deadline, but I beliee that will be contingent on other thigns happenign during the course of the next few minutes / hour or so.

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Steven Stamkos cleared to resume play

On today, the day of the 2014 NHL trade deadlien, the Tampa Bay Lightning have acquired a center without needding to spend one asset to acquire him.  Oh, sure, it took a lot of time, effort, and a good deal of patience to do it, but superstar Steen Stamkos has been cleared to return to NHL action.

While Stamkos' return is not a panacea for teh ailments of the Lightning at current, it should be one hell of a shot in the arm!  Tampa Bay face s divisional rival (and NHL cellar dweller) Buffalo at the Forum tomorrow night. What lineup changes to expect with the re-insertion of Stamkos in teh lineup is yet to be seen (with thanks to the Trade Deadline too) but we'll find out soon enough.

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Florida re-acquires Roberto Luongo

Ah! Our old adversary, Roberto Luongo, returns to the Eastern Conference and his old team, the Florida Panthers. Goalie Jacob Markstrom and Shawn Matthias are reported to be what the Canucks will get in return. This is by far the biggest trade for the Atlantic Division at this point in the 2014 NHL trade deadlien build up. It may be a move that re-ignites the Tampa/Florida rivalry too, as Luo had many a stellar game against the oOlts in the past. Click above to read the full write-up from Litter Box Cats.

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Death, taxes, waiver claim?

The Ottawa senators have placed the forward on waivers on Tuesday, making him eligible to be claimed by any of the 29 other NHL clubs. Bringing him back to the organization he had success with may be beneficial.

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Cory Conacher on waivers

The once-promising (and fan favorite) forward dealt to the Ottawa Senators in exchange for goaltender Ben Bishop is currently on waivers.

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See up-to-the-minute Lightning coverage on Twitter

Information likely will flow fast and furious tomorrow about rumors and speculation or just general chatter about the 2014 NHL trade deadline.  It's worth pointing to our Live Twitter Updates page for Tampa Bay Lightning news here which should be useful for those who are not on Twitter or can't access Twitter from where you are.

Of curse we'll have updates and articles as necessary here on Raw Charge and our 2014 NHL Trade Deadline storystream, but the Twitter feed page is still worth bookmarking for those who like to see what Bolts Nation is musing about at any given time.

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Bolt Prospects mailbag: Speculation on who could be on the move

Chad over at Bolt Prospects takes fan questions about targets for Wednesday's trade deadline as well as possible cogs that could be on the move in any deal. In a non-deadline answer, Chad also addresses the whereabouts / whatever happened to JImmy Mullin, who was a hot collegiate prospect who has seemingly disappeared from the radar.

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Spectors Hockey shoots down St. Louis trade talk

There are few voices to trust more in the NHL rumor game than Lyle Richardson of Spectors Hockey.  Where Eklund and others beat the speculation drum and make up trade scenarios on the fly, Lyle uses logic in commenting on rumors reported on the ground in various markets.

Case in point:  Larry Brooks of the New York Post continued the Martin St. Louis / Ryan Callahan trade talk, suggesting a "sweetener" would see the trad ethrough.  I'll let Lyle's own words summarize that idea:

SPECTOR'S NOTE: It'll have to be one helluva sweetener to convince Steve Yzerman to part with St. Louis. Despite the reportedly strained relationship between Yzerman and St. Louis, the Lightning are among the Eastern Conference's top teams, are poised to clinch a playoff berth for the first time in three years and will soon welcome back Steven Stamkos from a broken leg. Unless St. Louis is forcing the issue, Yzerman has no reason to trade him

In other words, if St. Louis is getting dealt, it's not for rental players like Callahan; the Rangers would have to push to make this happen befor ethe deadlien (and by push, I mean a grand offer that makes Yzerman listen

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Answer to the rumors, Marty

Addressing the trade request situation wth an admission or a denial is better for all parties and the fans than avoiding the situation.

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Lawton: Marty wanted a trade to the Rangers in '09

From former Tampa Bay Lightning GM Brian Lawton now with Sportsnet, We link to a bigger article here but here's the money quote that introduces it all regarding Martin St. Louis:

"I can tell you that when I was in Tampa in 2009 right before the trade deadline where Marty was waiting in my office for me and he came in and said that he wasn't happy and wanted to be traded and wanted to be traded to one team which was the New York Rangers. So when I heard this, it's a little bit deja vu."

Lawton had much more to say and the point that former Lightning head coach John Tortorella took over the Rangers around the time of the trade request is also mentioned, so I greatly encourage you to click over and view the full story. The point is, this isn't new with St. Louis, and that the Olympic snub is just the latest catalyst.

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The change to Tampacuse and Marty St. Louis








Issue that have led to Martin St. Louis' trade request may go beyond an initial Olympic team snub by GM Steve Yzerman.

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St. Louis asked for a trade after all?

Despite a healthy amount of skepticism from this and many other outlets, it appears Tampa Bay Lightning captain Martin St. Louis did ask for a trade. His future with the team remains unclear.

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Don't want to play the St. Louis speculation game

Speculation is running rampant about #26 wanting out and... well, I don't want to play that game.




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2014 NHL trade deadline: Responding to speculation


It's not news that the Tampa Bay Lightning may want to add strength at the blue line before the NHL trade deadline... It is, however, a stretch to insinuate that a player who hasn't played in two seasons was the answer the Lightning were looking for.

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A Lightning trade rumor is out there

With a glut of depth, it looks like the Bolts are trying to create roster space in moving two vets who have seen little playing time this season.

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