"[I]t also can be pretty much etched in stone that if Martin St. Louis chooses to continue his career, it will not be in New York, with both sides prepared to move on," Brooks reports.
St. Louis, who turns 40 on Thursday, is now an unrestricted free agent after the four-year deal he signed with the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2011 expired.
The undersized winger led the league in scoring in the lockout-shortened 2012–13 season at age 37, becoming the oldest player in NHL history to do so. He asked the Lightning to trade him during the 2013–14 season and he was dealt to the Rangers in exchange for Ryan Callahan and multiple draft picks.
St. Louis had eight goals and seven assists during the Rangers' run to the Stanley Cup Final in 2014, including an overtime game-winner in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference final against the Montreal Canadiens.
St. Louis had 21 goals this season, his fewest in a non-lockout-shortened season since 2001–02.
It isn't clear if St. Louis would like to play next season, Brooks reports.
- Dan Gartland