Found March 13, 2014 on isportsweb.com:
Picimg_nhl_feb_27_4448
Time for Martin St. Louis to step up in New YorkSo here we are, four games into the Martin St. Louis era in New York, and the Rangers are still spinning their tires. The offensive outburst has yet to come, the power play surge has yet to be seen, and the wins, the points, the very progress of this team is as inconsistent as ever. If St. Louis does in fact make this team better, as Glen Sather earnestly believes, then we haven’t bore witness to it yet. Since adding St. Louis at the deadline last Wednesday, the Rangers have scored 10 goals over four contests – an average of 2.5 per game consistent with their season average of 2.54. They have scored one power play goal on 11 chances – well below their season average of 19.7 percent. But most troubling is the fact that they have won only twice, and are as desperate today as they were a week ago. St. Louis was supposed to put all those concerns to bed. That’s why, you might recall, the Rangers shipped out their most beloved captain since Brian Leetch and mortgaged their draft future to pry the star winger away from Tampa Bay. As Sather said in the team’s press conference after the trade, “It isn’t often that you get to acquire a guy like Marty St. Louis.” Time is not on Martin St. Louis’ side. In the past, when Sather has made this type of back-page move, it has come via free agency. The player brought in – Bobby Holik, Darius Kasparitus, Scott Gomez, Chris Drury – spent the ensuing season trying to live up to his new contract, which, thanks to Sather’s improvidence, was often an impossible task. How much money do I need to give this guy, Sather seemed to wonder, to render him a bust? St. Louis finds himself in a different position. Instead of needing to prove that he was worth the money, he must prove that he was worth the sacrifice. And Sather, again, has set the bar high. (It’s almost as if the GM is playing a game with himself. How far do I need to go to make player X a failed investment? Think he can’t take down Sidney Crosby? Think you can’t put a price on 130 points? 93 first round draft picks later, Sather wins again!) But here’s where St. Louis’ story truly deviates from the rest: he came to the Rangers in March, in the thick of a frantic playoff race. He never had the luxury of time, the chance to dip his toe in the water and test the temperature. The team needs him now, in this very moment, and so St. Louis has had to dive right in. That’s why it’s fair, it’s relevant, to judge him after four games. The Rangers don’t have time to let Marty find his game, the way they would if this were September or October. St. Louis came to New York for a 20-game season, and as he nears the quarter mark, he has one point to his name. So now’s the time for the gifted winger to make his presence felt. One week of acclimation? Okay. Fair enough. Every player has to find his bearings in a new environment. But orientation is over. Initiation is through. St. Louis is fully part of this team now, and fully liable for any lack of production. He is insulated no more than Henrik Lundqvist or Brian Boyle, Rick Nash or Kevin Klein. The alibi of unfamiliarity is gone. On the hook, his mettle will be tested. St. Louis forced his way to New York, to the Rangers, eager to play under the bright lights of Madison Square Garden. He, alone, is the reason he’s here, so there will be little pity to go around if the star forward falters. If he finds himself, heaven forbid, overwhelmed. Having made his own bed, it’s time for St. Louis to wake up. isportsweb | isportsweb - Sports in Perspective
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
RELATED ARTICLES

Things that happened while we were gone: Ryan Haggerty signing

While we were away for the server upgrade, the Rangers made a few moves that we couldn’t post about. Naturally, the news came about two hours after we shut it down, so I’d like to thank the Rangers for their impeccable timing. I kindly ask that from now on, you wait until we are no longer in a server upgrade to announce news*. *-Considering this will likely be our first and only...

While we were gone: Hagelin/Kreider swapped in lineup

While we were gone for the server upgrade, Alain Vigneault switched up his lines a bit. He moved Chris Kreider to the second line with Brad Richards and Martin St. Louis, and moved Carl Hagelin to the top line with Derek Stepan and Rick Nash. This essentially gives the Rangers two top lines (1 and 1a, as you can’t really call either one a “second” line). It’s something we had...

Ryan Callahan: I wanted to stay with the Rangers

Former Rangers captain Ryan Callahan says he never thought he would get traded. “Yeah, I wanted to stay there. I thought I was going to. The whole time in my head I never thought about getting traded or leaving at free agency time,” Callahan said to New York’s WFAN Radio on Wednesday. “My goal was to get something done with New York. Unfortunately, it’s the part of the...

Martin St. Louis off to slow start with New York Rangers

The New York Rangers and Tampa Bay Lightning swapped captains last week on NHL trade deadline day. The deal sent last season’s Art Ross winner, Martin St. Louis, to the New York Rangers for Ryan Callahan, a first-round pick in…Read more →The post Martin St. Louis off to slow start with New York Rangers appeared first on The Hockey Daily.

Vinik tried to convince St. Louis to stay - twice

There are some players who rise to stardom, and there are others who become a foundation, Martin St. Louis had become the latter during his 14+ seasons as a Tampa Bay Lightning.By kaatiya via Wikimedia Commons"We honored his request," Vinik told the Tampa Tribune's Erik Erlendsson, when GM Steve Yzerman had the unenviable position to trade "perhaps the best player...

Staal ‘definitely’ wants new Rangers deal sorted this summer

Simply put, Marc Staal doesn't want to go through what now former teammate Ryan Callahan went through, an exaggerated and elongated contract negotiation.By Nyr3188 via Wikimedia Commons"You can say all you want that it's not on your mind and it's not a distraction, but it's something that has to weigh on you," Staal told the New York Post. "For me,...

CARL HAGELIN TALKS STYLE AND TAILORED SUITS WITH MEN’S FITNESS

Playing hockey in New York has afforded Carl Hagelin the opportunity to upgrade his style. Along with his New York Rangers teammates, he’s attended Fashion Week shows and worked with top designers. When discussing his evolved fashion sense since being in New York, he previously told 5th at 58th: “I’m starting to pay better attention to what I wear, as the shopping in NYC...

Hagelin’s hat trick gives Rangers big win in Winnipeg

Everybody happy! (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, John Woods) Carl Hagelin notched his first career hat trick last night, giving the Rangers the much-needed offensive wake up call en route to a 4-2 victory over Winnipeg. Things weren’t so happy in the first period, when the Rangers squandered an early Hagelin goal by surrendering two quick ones to the Jets. But the Rangers persevered...

If you're a model and you allow a radio host to stick a golf tee in your ass you should be precluded from suing said host

Model Liz Dickson is suing Playboy & Kevin Klein, co-host of the Playboy Morning Show, seeking $500,000 and "punitive damages" for battery and negligence. Why? Because she allowed him to stick a golf tee in her ass and when he went to hit the ball, he instead hit her, according to the lawsuit.Dickson agreed to have a photo taken of her lying on her stomach "with...

Model suing Playboy after golf tee in butt stunt goes wrong

No you did not read that headline wrong. A model has filed a lawsuit against Playboy Enterprises and the co-host of a Playboy show after a stunt went wrong. According to the suit, Liz Dickson took a golf club to the buttocks when Kevin Klein attempted to strike a ball placed on a tee which was lodged between her buttcheeks. Klein ended up hitting Dickson in the butt with his club...

Game 66: Minny is good, please don’t come out flat again

I felt like finding the most dated picture I could (Jim McIsaac/Getty Images North America). The Rangers came out flat in Carolina, and they were just dominated in every facet of the game. They didn’t deserve to win that game, but they can’t repeat that kind of effort tonight against a dangerous Minnesota team. I use the term dangerous loosely, as they can’t score, but they...

NHL power rankings: Miller time in St. Louis

The St. Louis Blues celebrated the arrival of goaltender Ryan Miller by winning five consecutive games, the first four with Miller in net. They resumed their bid for the President's Trophy by winning games at Phoenix, Nashville, Colorado and Minnesota during that stretch. They stayed atop the Central Division by running their record against their immediate rivals to 18-0-1. ...

Is the King the Best Rangers Goalie Ever?

Henrik Lundqvist owns New York City
Rangers News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.