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Some of the biggest Lightning news that came out today had nothing to do with a big free agent signing. The biggest news was that they signed Martin St. Louis to a four year contract extension. For my baseball readers, Marty is the Dustin Pedroia of the Lightning. A little man who plays a big game, has big skills, and has more heart than you could think is possible. I am so glad that they got this going in to the new season because it shows that Steve Yzerman and the new organization wants to bring stability to the franchise and lock up a great contributor for the foreseeable future.
Marty appeared in all 82 games last season. His streak of 390 consecutive games is the fourth longest among active players. He just won the Lady Byng award at the NHL awards as the most gentlemanly player IE fewest penalty minutes. He had 94 points last year. If you look at his numbers, they are amazingly consistent. He trains like a monster in the off season and hasn't lost a step as he's gotten older. If they could clone him and make an entire team of Martys, I would be perfectly alright with that.
There have been so many times over the last few seasons where he has literally put the team on his shoulders and helped them to win. I, for one, am very glad we are going to be hearing "Louie Louie" for years to come.
In honor of this signing.. I give you the goal song played when he scores: