The Lightning re-assembled Wednesday after the Olympic break at the Ice Sports Forum in Brandon.
Jon Cooper gave Marty St. Louis the option of missing practice to recover from the trip back from Sochi. But, Marty was back on the ice with Tampa Bay as soon as possible after winning gold with Team Canada.
The Bolts looked sharp in practice, ready to hit the road for Thursday night's game in Nashville and make a push for the playoffs. But will the Lightning need to replace their captain?
Rumor has it Marty St. Louis asked Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman to trade him last month. Marty wasn't saying much about his future.
"With respect to my teammates I think that that's all I'm going to say about that. I'm not gonna…answer this question every day. You know I've had conversations with Steve about my future here. Those conversations are between me and Steve."
Coach Cooper focused on what he can control and is not worrying about losing St. Louis. "Marty has a 'no move' clause so he pretty much can dictate if he were to leave. He'd be the one to have to open the door and I just don't see that happening."
Despite the strain between St. Louis and Yzerman, Lightning players, coaches, and fans feel strongly about wanting to see Marty play out his career with Tampa Bay.
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