A couple of interesting factoids about Martin St. Louis of the Tampa Bay Lightning. First, he has a no-trade clause, according to NHLSCAP. Those are pesky. He also has a $5.25 million cap hit through the end of 2011, which can be a bit of a burden for a team like, say, the Pittsburgh Penguins -- who have roughly $46 million in committed salary for next season, via NHL Numbers.
Not to say a St. Louis-to-Pittsburgh* trade, like the one whose whispers are being reported by our buddy David Pagnotta on The Fourth Period, is impossible from a numbers perspective. Thinking about next season: Miroslav Satan's UFA departure plus Ruslan Fedotenko's UFA departure equals St. Louis's cap hit with $450,000 to spare.
Then there's the notion that the Penguins could send salary back to the Bolts in the form of defenseman Ryan Whitney. A 26-year-old defenseman for what will be a 34-year-old winger with declining numbers? Unless the cap-onomics make Whitney's participation vital, it might be overpayment.
For what it's worth, St. Louis sounds a hell of a lot less rah-rah about Tampa's chances to stage a miracle rally for a playoff spot. Which may have something to do with having to go something like 21-7 to even have a sniff of the postseason race the rest of the way. Yikes.
FYI: Some of you might know that I do a little podcast with Pagnotta and TFP on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Well, we're going to try a little experiment today. First, here's the player to (god-willing) listen to it. Second, here's the phone number to actually call in and bug us: 646-929-1165. The podcast begins at 12:30 p.m. EST and lasts a half-hour (for now). I have no idea if this will work. But much like Oren Koules and Len Barrie, I'm not about to let failure get into the way of future failure.A video or other embedded content has been hidden. Click here to view it.
* Please do forgive the ‘A' on Sidney's jersey. We're not trying to demote him, just use relevant art.