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Stamkos thinks new deal with Lightning is close

Posted on: June 22, 2011 10:53 am
Edited on: June 22, 2011 11:02 am
 

All had been quiet on the Steven Stamkos restricted free agent front. Apparently, that’s just now GM Steve Yzerman likes it.

Without a new deal, Stamkos would be able to receive offer sheets from other organizations looking to snare the Lightning star from Tampa Bay. At that point Yzerman would be able to -- and certainly would do it -- match any offer. It just means that keeping Stamkos long term could come at a higher price than the team hoped for.

To this point, there has been little-to-no news about the negotiations, which does little to soothe Tampa Bay fans’ fears. But, alas, we have an update on the talks.

"I think it's close," Stamkos said from Las Vegas, where he is for tonight's NHL awards show (7 ET on Versus). "I don't think it's far off. As close as we are, it's not something I'm really worried about.

"Tampa is a great organization. With the success we had this year, there are only going to be bigger and better things. You want to be part of that. Whatever happens, happens, but I have confidence things are going to get done well before [July 1]."

Damian Cristodero of the St. Petersburg Times thinks it will cost about $7 million a year.

Now nobody in his right mind truly believed Stamkos would be playing anywhere but Tampa next season. It’s just that when negotiations are held out of the media the way these have been, the hometown fans begin getting paranoid that their burgeoning 21-year-old star, who has led the NHL in goals over the last two seasons, will be taken away by a team like Toronto.

At the same time, every passing day increases the pipe dreams of fans from afar, drooling at the idea of acquiring a prolific, young scorer. Well, put your tongues back in your mouths, everybody.

I’m beginning to feel like Kevin Bacon: “Remain calm. All is well!”

-- Brian Stubits

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 16, 2011 9:44 am
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Since: Oct 16, 2007
Posted on: June 23, 2011 10:36 pm
 

Stamkos thinks new deal with Lightning is close

Thanx 1969 ( I like reading your stuff)and yes ,I as a long suffering Leaf fan, along with my father and late granfather, would be quite happy with that contract.  still won't happen, but we can dream.............



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: June 23, 2011 3:20 pm
 

Stamkos thinks new deal with Lightning is close

Our Jackass GM,Brian Burke should offer him 10 mill a year. i don't think Toronto fans would complain too much considering some off the contracts that have been handed out. I know it'll never happen, but it WOULD be hilarious. Stevie y would STILL match it but sure would be pissed at having to pay that much

Oh I wouldn't be so sure if Stamkos made it to July 1st Yzerman could match the offers Stamkos could get.  And all joking aside I could easily see Burke offering a kid like Stamkos that kind of money....... actually I'd be surprised if he didn't.   



Since: Oct 16, 2007
Posted on: June 23, 2011 12:36 pm
 

Stamkos thinks new deal with Lightning is close

Our Jackass GM,Brian Burke should offer him 10 mill a year. i don't think Toronto fans would complain too much considering some off the contracts that have been handed out. I know it'll never happen, but it WOULD be hilarious. Stevie y would STILL match it but sure would be pissed at having to pay that muchTongue out



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: June 22, 2011 11:16 pm
 

Stamkos thinks new deal with Lightning is close

If this deal only costs Tampa 7 million per season on a long term deal I'll be pretty surprised.... I honestly thought it would be a little more then that.... but if so, great job Stevey Y because that's the best anybody could have ever done.



Since: Jun 8, 2009
Posted on: June 22, 2011 10:49 pm
 

Stamkos thinks new deal with Lightning is close

Wow, sorry! I really did think that the sarcasm was pretty evident. Maybe re-read it and look for the part where I state that he "is only going to get better for the next few years." If that isn't clear enough for you, let me state emphatically that I do not believe Stamkos to be a punk.





Since: Sep 19, 2007
Posted on: June 22, 2011 10:26 pm
 

Stamkos thinks new deal with Lightning is close

Since when is truth moronic?



Since: Jan 18, 2008
Posted on: June 22, 2011 9:59 pm
 

Stamkos thinks new deal with Lightning is close

Are you just trying to see how big a moron you can be?  if so you win, and steelwool comes in a close second, but we have a winner.



Since: Jun 8, 2009
Posted on: June 22, 2011 8:38 pm
 

Stamkos thinks new deal with Lightning is close

Stamkos is a punk
Yeah. A 21 year old punk with back-to-back 90+ point seasons who is really only going to get better for the next few years.





Since: Jan 16, 2007
Posted on: June 22, 2011 6:07 pm
 

Stamkos thinks new deal with Lightning is close

The chances of Stamkos staying with Tampa Bay have always been very high, but having Steve Yzerman in the front office pretty much sealed that deal.  Stevie Y just lends so much credibility and class to the organization, who wouldn't want to play there, especially right after a run to the conference finals?

lots of people, sports fans in the tamp area suck. just ask the rays, they went to the world series and still have no fans.

not to mention no one cares about hockey in south florida.

a better question is why would anyone want to play hockey in florida


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