Saying Au Revoir to Martin St. Louis

Martin St. Louis, New York Rangers, Seth Wenig, The Associated Press, NHL

Former Ranger, Martin St. Louis, left his mark on the NHL and the game of hockey. (Seth Wenig/The Associated Press)

Breaking the ice for smaller players in the NHL, Martin St. Louis not only showed his ability to play the game but also demonstrated what it means to play with perseverance. Underrated and undersized, he had an unbelievable career.

With his trophy case filled, he left the game a successful NHL star with a spot within the game’s historical archives. But he also opened the doors for many other players approaching the game from his standpoint.

For the full story on his retirement from hockey, check out the link below.  Read more of this post

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NHL Caucus: Conference finals’ most exciting in-game matchups

Drew Doughty, Los Angeles Kings, NHL, NHL Playoffs, Stanley Cup

Drew Doughty is the main piece on a Kings’ strong defence. (Noah Graham/NHLI via Getty Images)

The little men may have been the most exciting battle in the Eastern Conference Finals. Martin St. Louis – the new guy – has the power of emotion on his side. Playing with his heart on the line he’s going up against Montreal’s Daniel Briere – a man with something to prove.  Read more of this post

NHL Caucus: Who faces the most playoff pressure? (USA Today)

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Marc-Andre Fleury’s post-season struggles are well-documented. (Vincent Pugliese//Getty Images)

Through my position at The Hockey Writers, I was given the opportunity to be part of a panel on USA Today’s hockey page looking at players entering the NHL playoffs with the most pressure on their shoulders. The panel included opinion and analysis from myself, along with DobberHockey.com‘s Rick Roos and USA Today writers Mike Brehm and Kevin Allen.

Roos’ pick was Semyon Varlamov, while Brehm and Allen picked Martin St. Louis and Marc-Andre Fleury respectively. With St. Louis’ struggles since the trade, he’s someone who I also considered. Fleury has had his well-documented struggles in the post-season and was therefore also on my list. Varlamov, however, wasn’t on my radar until this article was published.  Read more of this post

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