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Flyers won't offer Stamkos after mulling move

Posted on: June 30, 2011 2:25 pm
Edited on: June 30, 2011 5:57 pm
 

We are now in the window of time teams can send offer sheets to restricted free agents. Thus far, no such offers have been sent to the biggest RFA out there, Steven Stamkos, and the Flyers won't be the first.

Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News confirmed the Flyers have declined to extend a sheet to the young superstar in Tampa Bay.

According to Seravalli the Flyers had been seriously contemplating sending an offer to Stamkos. He reported the deal would have been a 12-year, $115 million contract, which would have carried a $9.58 annual cap hit. The most any team could offer is $12.86 million annually, or 20 percent of the salary cap. Tampa Bay would have seven days to match the offer.

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At debate for the Flyers wasn't whether they could afford Stamkos. They wouldn't be able to re-sign players like Ville Leino if they had, but that's a tradeoff they would've taken. Other residual moves, such as possibly sending Scot Hartnell and his $4.2 million contract to the AHL where it doesn't hurt the cap, would have had to be made to make everything fit.

Part of the concern was knowing whether or not Lightning GM Steve Yzerman is bluffing when he says no matter the offer, the Lightning will match it. Maybe he's telling the truth, maybe he's not. But if he is, he could -- and likely would -- take seven days to give a response to any offer a team might send. In that time Philadelphia could have seen all of its potential targets -- Leino, Michael Ryder, Erik Cole, John Madden among others -- sign elsewhere and be left hanging out to dry a bit.

The Flyers have already given the organization a very different look in the past few weeks, but adding Stamkos would be getting a nose job, tummy tuck and facelift all in one stop. Perhaps it was all just a bit too costly for Philly's britches (we didn't even mention that if they somehow did take Stamkos away, they would owe Tampa Bay four first-round draft picks).

It probably would have been all for naught as I am of the mind that Yzerman isn't bluffing when he says Tampa Bay will do whatever it takes to keep Stamkos around. You just don't let franchise players like him go that easily.

By Brian Stubits

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
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Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: October 19, 2011 11:17 pm
 

Flyers won't offer Stamkos after mulling move

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Since: May 7, 2011
Posted on: July 2, 2011 5:21 pm
 

Flyers won't offer Stamkos after mulling move

The Flyers are one of the few teams in the Eastern Conference that could contend for the Stanley Cup and I just can't see them giving up a whole lot for Stamkos because it would have took that in order for them to acquire Stamkos from the Lightning.



Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: July 1, 2011 3:39 pm
 

Flyers won't offer Stamkos after mulling move

argo, I understand what your point is and my point is that your point is pointless.



Since: Jul 13, 2010
Posted on: July 1, 2011 1:29 pm
 

Flyers won't offer Stamkos after mulling move

wow this is getting me sick. you guys are scared to make an offer because your afraid that after the seven days if you cant get stamkos you wont be able to sign any free agents??? WHO THE HELL CARES ABOUT MICHAEL HANDZUS AND ERIC COLE AND LANGENBRUNER!!!!!!!!!! You guys said your not interested in brad richards and he is the only good FA on the market. that is the most pathetic thing i heard from this franchise in a long time. we would have to move some key pieces they said?? wow hatnell and versteeg make 7 million together. and add that on to your 10 million and tha is pleanty enough. so what if you cant get him and it doesnt work out. so what if all them bums are off the market. why the hell do you want michael handzus or jagr or whoever. bring up couturier if you cant get stamkos. this is disgusting and im so pissed off that they want any of them bums on the market....



Since: Jul 9, 2009
Posted on: July 1, 2011 10:10 am
 

Flyers won't offer Stamkos after mulling move

Geez, we haven't even hit the All Star break, the Phils have the best record in MLB, won 2 out of 3 against the Red Sox, and yet their fans are already making excuses
bizona, I said "that's baseball".  I was just having a little fun giving a dig to a pompous Sox fan who was expressing Philly hatred. My point was not the injury but rather what had happened throughout the series before that point; it must gall him a bit for his team to have been held to one run in 22 inning before the injury.  (And lost three straight series to National League teams.)  The other point he needs to be aware of is that if both clubs make the World Series, the three guys the Sox scored the five runs off yesterday probably won't even be on our roster for the post-season. 
I certainly agree with you that the Phils need no excuses for having the best record in baseball at this point.  And yes, I'm fully aware that the best record in baseball through June means nothing if they don't convert it to the best record in the post-season.  We in Philly know not to take anything for granted.



Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: July 1, 2011 9:24 am
 

Flyers won't offer Stamkos after mulling move

By the way, SoxCelts, congratulations to the Sox on avoiding getting swept by the Phillies (after being held to one run by three rookie pitchers the day before).  Of course, for that to happen the Phils' starting pitcher had to get hurt while pitching a shutout, but that's how it goes, I guess.



Geez, we haven't even hit the All Star break, the Phils have the best record in MLB, won 2 out of 3 against the Red Sox, and yet their fans are already making excuses. Undecided



Regarding Stamkos, the guy is an amazing talent with huge potential. Anyone saying he isn't that good or is overrated roots for a team that isn't in the running to get him.



Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: July 1, 2011 6:56 am
 

Flyers won't offer Stamkos after mulling move

I say you move Hartnell, Nodl and anyone else you need to fit Stamkos in. This guy is 21. He will be good for years to come. DO IT!!!!! 



Since: Sep 2, 2010
Posted on: July 1, 2011 6:46 am
 

Flyers won't offer Stamkos after mulling move

go eales



Since: Dec 1, 2010
Posted on: July 1, 2011 12:03 am
 

Flyers won't offer Stamkos after mulling move

NFCEASTFAN. I guess you can say the Eagles "got hosed" with that 26 year old Firefighter when that OT that Chicago took at the end of the First is a much better prospect.


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