June 29 2016 05:54PM
He was coming home to Toronto, that much was certain.
But then actually he was going to where he would be the undisputed number one center, in Detroit.
For real though, he was actually going to play with Buffalo's young stars for astrological amounts of cash.
Instead he stayed put, as Bob McKenzie announced today that Steven Stamkos had re-signed with the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Stamkos's deal with TB is expected to come in at eight years, with an AAV of $8.5M.— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) June 29, 2016
June 29 2016 05:41PM
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Before we get into this topic, let's make a few things clear. Firstly, Steven Stamkos isn't a traitor for choosing to stay with the Tampa Bay Lightning. He was under no obligation to sign in Toronto; ultimately, the choice was his, and he went with what he thought was best for him. Secondarily, this isn't the time to go "oh, well, the Leafs were better off without him anyway". Because that probably isn't true either.
June 29 2016 01:26PM
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Wait... let me compose myself. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! *faints* The Oilers have reportedly traded Taylor Hall to New Jersey straight across for Adam Larsson.
June 29 2016 10:59AM
In a perfect world, every team in the NHL would like Steven Stamkos on their roster.
But in reality, there's only going to be one team that ends up with him when he hits free agency on July 1st.
Where it is is anybody's best guess. There's been rumours of front-runners and dark horses emerging, but until his deal is finalized, there will be theories swirling everywhere about where Stamkos is going, how much he'll sign for, and why.
From the wonderful world of hockey Twitter, here's a take from each fanbase on why Stamkos should go to their city.
June 28 2016 03:12PM
Not only can we put an end to the “Is Eric Lindros A Hall of Famer?” argument, we can also close the book on the blockbuster trade that sent him from the Quebec Nordiques to the Philadelphia Flyers before his career even began.
After being passed over six times, Eric Lindros, who scored 372 goals and 493 assists over 760 NHL games, was finally inducted to the Hockey Hall of Fame this week. Interestingly enough, on the day he was inducted, the Colorado Avalanche also didn’t offer defenceman Brandon Gormley a qualifying offer, making him a free agent, and officially putting to bed a string of players acquired by the Avs that began when the franchise, back when they were still in Quebec City, drafted Lindros first overall in 1991.