Tampa Bay's Martin St. Louis To Pittsburgh Penguins?

Jon LambertContributor IMarch 2, 2009

A rumor that I had originally written off isn't going away and seems to be gathering steam.

Tampa Bay's Martin St. Louis is apparently the subject of talks between Penguins GM Ray Shero and his Tampa counterpart Brian Lawton.

With the instant cohesion of Jordan Staal and Chris Kunitz, who was brought in to play with Crosby, Shero is looking to add yet another winger to slot with Sidney.

There are many obstacles that have to be overcome before this rumor should gain any validity.

  • St. Louis has to waive his no-trade clause.
  • Pittsburgh needs to either send someone to Tampa or anywhere else (with a decent salary) to fit the remaining pro-rated salary of St. Louis.
  • Compensating Tampa Bay for the speedy winger.

While it seems these whispers will continue until 3 p.m. Wednesday I'll leave it up to you to decide to get your hopes up of Pittsburgh boosting their already recently discovered explosive offense.

Don't get me wrong, if this happens Pittsburgh will have to be considered a solid contender come playoff time. While they continue to shoot-up the standings after a prolonged slump, this addition would make the Pens a terrifying seven game matchup that can roll three lines capable of chipping in at least two goals a game.

I'm not one to get excited abput rumors and talk, but this has me pretty excited because the talk is reminiscent of the talk that preceded Hossa coming to the Burgh.

Only time will tell.