Safe to say that if Marty St. Louis wanted to play for Canada in next month's world championship, the right wing, whose 42 assists lead the league and whose 55 points are second, would have a spot.

But St. Louis said he will pass on the tournament in Sweden and Finland because it is time to spend time with his kids.

"My kids have a lot of stuff going on," he said. "I just want to be part of it."

Several other Tampa Bay players certainly will be asked to participate.

C Steven Stamkos and RW Teddy Purcell have said they want to play for Canada.

G Anders Lindback and D Victor Hedman said they are interested in playing for Sweden, and C Nate Thompson and D Matt Carle for the United States.

"Any time you get a chance to play for your country in an international event, you have to give it serious consideration," coach Jon Cooper said. "We're going to be out of playing hockey from the end of April. That gives you May, June, July, August and half of September to sit there and think about getting back on the ice."

That said, "is it a fit for everybody?" Cooper added. "It isn't."

For St. Louis, who turns 38 in June, giving his body a break probably isn't a bad idea. But St. Louis, who has three boys with his wife, Heather, said it's more about family.

"I missed a lot of my kids' stuff when I was with the (collective bargaining agreement) negotiations (last year)," he said. "They have some exciting things going on. I want to be part of it."