Rumblings: Slumping Martin St. Louis not focused on next contract

Martin St. Louis has just one assist in his past seven games and hasn't scored a goal in 12 games. Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports

Martin St. Louis will be an unrestricted free agent on July 1, but at this point, a new contract is on the back burner.

It’s clear that the New York Rangers veteran winger is in deal-with-that-later mode about his expiring contract.

"I don’t know, I’m focused on my play right now, usually you do that and the rest takes care of itself," St. Louis said Tuesday after the morning skate at Air Canada Centre.

Right now, St. Louis says his focus is on getting out of his slump. Entering Tuesday night’s game, he had just one assist in his past seven games and hadn’t scored a goal in 12 games.

"I’m staying positive, and I know it’s going to come back," the 39-year-old said. "Confidence is a thing that comes and goes, and you have to fight to get it back, you can’t just wait for it to come back. It’s an everyday process, I have to stay on top of myself, try to get that swagger back."

He doesn’t need anybody else to point out his slump; he’s hard enough on his himself.

"Nobody likes slumps, but they make you really enjoy the good times," St. Louis said. "It’s adversity. It’s like anything else, not just in hockey, you have to put your big-boy pants on and go to work.

"I know I’m a streaky player, goal-scoring-wise; you get that one and I know I’m going to get more. It’s staying with the process. If you’re not frustrated with it, there’s something wrong with you. We’re competitors, I’m a competitor. They’re not fun times, but they’re times you find out about yourself."