St. Louis has one year remaining on his contract with the Bolts, so his acquisition would not be a rental, which should only add to the intrigue. Despite being 38 years old St. Louis can still get it done on the ice. So far this season St. Louis has 25 goals and 31 assists for 56 points in 58 games played. He also is incredibly durable, playing in all but 7 of the Lightning’s games since 2002-03. St. Louis would provide the Rangers with some much needed scoring punch given that they are 18th in the NHL in scoring and have just lost their leading scorer, Mats Zuccarello, to an injury.
St. Louis has a no trade clause in his contract, which I think actually plays to the Rangers benefit. He would have to approve any move out of Tampa, but I have little doubt that he would accept a trade to the Blueshirts if a deal can be worked out, but because he would have to approve any deal, the Rangers would not be bidding against the entire league, just teams that interest St. Louis, this could drive down the price required to obtain him.
With seven players that will be unrestricted free agents at the end of the season, most notably captain Ryan Callahan and defenseman Dan Girardi, the Rangers have players that may well be on the move anyway at the deadline. I’m not certain that it would even require a player like Callahan or Girardi to get him though, the Lightning could be looking for a long term return for their all-time leading scorer.
With the team in playoff position and so many players unrestricted at the end of the season, the Rangers would be wise to push for a deep run in the playoffs this year. Bringing in a player like St. Louis, especially if he does not cost them anything at the NHL level to gain, would be a terrific move for the franchise.