Martin St. Louis isn’t sure whether his NHL career will continue at this point, a source with knowledge of his situation told ESPN.com.
A lot of that will depend on what’s presented to him once the free-agent market opens Wednesday and how his family feels about what’s out there.
He is training hard and working out as if he’s playing again next season, the source said. But it’s going to depend on the level of interest and which teams contact him. It’s got to be the right fit.
Given that he and his family live in Connecticut, where his wife is from, the family’s overall input will loom large, and staying in the East would be paramount. The cap-strapped New York Rangers can’t partake, of course.
St. Louis turned 40 just a few weeks ago, so his age might scare off some teams, plus the fact he had one playoff goal in 19 games this past spring with the Rangers. On the other hand, he put up 21 goals in the regular season and can still skate.
At the right price, he’d be a nice add-on. But St. Louis, the source said, also understands the landscape and knows he may not get answers right away. I suspect he’s going to have to be patient well into the free-agent window.