Angry Alexis: Betrayed! The Captain Looks To Jump Ship
Professional sports are a business first and foremost. All fans know this fact, but somehow it gets obscured. Whether it’s the amount of time and passion we pour into our teams and favorite players, we tend to gloss over the ugly sides of this business. These games and the men who play them are elevated in our minds, so it’s often jarring when something happens that makes it all come crashing back to earth. That’s what’s happening for Lightning fans right now.
News broke today that our beloved captain, Martin St. Louis, requested a trade from Tampa in January. Some sources seem to suggest that that request is still on the table. The immediate reaction is to find someone to blame for our heart and soul wanting to leave town. Unfortunately the situation is far more complicated than we may ever know.
Both St. Louis and Lightning GM Steve Yzerman are being tight lipped on what’s taking place behind closed doors. Marty said he has had conversations about his future with Yzerman and that’s as much as he would elaborate. Many wondered how this year’s Team Canada Roster snub would impact Marty’s relationship with Stevie back in Tampa. The answer appears to be all too clear and it’s a bit hard to digest.When Vincent Lecavalier‘s contract was bought out last summer, it was hard to take but ultimately most fans knew it had to happen. The contract was too restrictive for the Lightning to move forward and be competitive. The possibility that we could see one of our biggest stars traded in the very near future is shocking and pretty enraging.
There HAS to be more to this situation than just Team Canada. St. Louis requesting a trade because he was left off a national team seems pretty petty, especially in light of the gold medal that is now around his neck. Steve Yzerman snubbing his star player in this way for a second time seems pretty callous. Both men are at fault here and no one seems willing to shed any light on just what is going on.
The longer this festers, the longer it has to negatively impact the team around the captain. If he is still actively asking for a trade, he’s giving up not only on the franchise but on his teammates. This young group has done some pretty incredible things despite some fairly sizable obstacles this season. The Lightning have something special right now and the fact that their captain is willing to jump ship is a pretty big indictment on the entire situation. Marty has been built up as the ultimate hard worker who has succeeded through dedication to his craft. He’s been made out to be our collective heart and soul. Maybe that’s why it’s easy for fans to feel so betrayed right now. Our hearts are breaking.
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