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Steven Stamkos | Center | #91

Team: Tampa Bay Lightning
Age / DOB:  (26) / 2/7/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 194
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 1 (1) / TB
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Steven Stamkos' newly signed deal with the Tampa Bay Lightning is an eight-year, $68 million contract.
In other words, Stamkos will come with a $8.5 million annual cap hit moving forward, up from $7.5 million annually during his previous five-year deal. It's almost certainly less than Stamkos could have gotten on the open market, but by leaving some money on the table, Stamkos has made it easier for the Lightning to maintain its current core. The deal was made official on Wednesday night after reports of it surfaced earlier in the day. Tampa Bay will need to deal with Tyler Johnson, Jonathan Drouin, and Ondrej Palat becoming RFAs next summer while Victor Hedman is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent in 2017. Jun 30 - 10:15 AM

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Steven Stamkos has reportedly decided to stay with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

That will put an end to the Stamkos' sweepstakes that were scheduled for July 1. He will apparently agree to an eight-year, $68 million deal with the Lightning and avoid free agency. He recorded 36 goals and 64 points in 77 games last season and had just about every team ready to welcome him with open arms.
Source: TSN.ca
Jun 29 - 4:25 PM

There was nothing new to report on the Steven Stamkos front, according to Tampa Bay GM Steve Yzerman.

Tampa Bay is the only team that can offer Stamkos an eight-year deal before Friday, so a sign and trade remains a possibility if the Lightning know for sure that he will be leaving. It would allow Tampa Bay to get something (a pick, a prospect or a combination of the two) rather than lose him for nothing. However, the door likely hasn't been closed on him returning to the Bolts yet even though he is listening to other teams.
Jun 29 - 10:12 AM

Tampa Bay GM Steve Yzerman has made his pitch to Steven Stamkos.

He said the interview window, which opened opened Friday night at midnight, won't change his process. Yzerman stated, "we're both very clear on our positions. ... I have no control over what other teams do. It's all part of the business, we all have decisions to make. (Players) have the right to make their own decisions, and I don't judge anybody on that." Detroit, Toronto and Buffalo are believed to be the major suitors for Stamkos, but there are plenty of other teams interested as well.
Jun 27 - 10:06 AM

Don't rule out a sign and trade outcome for the Lightning's Steven Stamkos.

Everyone seems to think the Lightning will either sign and keep Stamkos or trade him. But reports out of Tampa suggest that the Bolts could sign Stamkos to a deal first and then move him to another team. We are not sure what more can be obtained by Tampa with that approach but it is worth noting. The Red Wings and Maple Leafs are two teams that have been rumored to have interest in Stamkos. Stay tuned.
Jun 25 - 10:42 AM

Tampa Bay GM Steve Yzerman said that the team is still working towards trying to sign Steven Stamkos to a long-term deal.

He is hoping to find out more about the situation this weekend when an exclusive interview window opens on Saturday for pending unrestricted free agents. If it becomes clearer that the Lightning won't sign Stamkos then they could try to trade his rights if he agrees to waive his full no-move clause. Yzerman said he isn't thinking about that option right now, though.
Jun 20 - 4:43 PM

Lightning associate coach Rick Bowness has gone "deep into the mix" for the Ducks' head-coaching job, according to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman.

The Ducks’ search for a head coach after firing Bruce Boudreau continues. Bowness last coached the Coyotes during the 2003-04 campaign. He has a 123-289-48-3 record as an NHL coach. The Ducks are also said to be interested in Randy Carlyle and Travis Green.
Jun 11 - 11:44 PM

Steven Stamkos is expected to meet with his agents in the near future, but there's nothing new to report on his talks with the Lightning.

He can become an unrestricted free agent on July 1 and the fact that it's quiet on that front with Tampa Bay is not a very encouraging sign. However, there is still time to get something done if he wants to stay.
Jun 9 - 6:40 PM

Tampa Bay Lightning GM Steve Yzerman declined to provide an update on the Steven Stamkos contract talks.

"Our goal is to keep Stammer in Tampa and make it work," Yzerman said. "That's our plan." It's concerning that the Lightning haven't long since settled this matter. Stamkos won't become an unrestricted free agent until July 1 of course so there's still time for Tampa Bay to sort this out, but at this point it wouldn't be shocking if Stamkos decided to test the free agent market.
Jun 8 - 9:05 AM

Steven Stamkos hopes to be back with the Tampa Bay Lightning next season.

Stamkos is set to become one of the biggest names to ever hit the open market. Many have speculated that Stamkos will be heading home to Toronto, but he insists he still wants to be in Tampa. "I hope to be back," Stamkos said. "We have some unfinished business. This group has been unbelievable; this city has been unbelievable to me. I can't believe it's been eight years already; time flies. The last couple years, you can finally see that light. You still haven't got to (a Stanley Cup win), but it's there, it's dangling right in front of us. When you start something, you want to finish it, and I really hope that can be the case." Time will tell if he really wants to stay.
May 29 - 10:10 AM

Steven Stamkos may have played his last game with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The Penguins eliminated the Lightning in Game 7 on Thursday night and Stamkos made a surprise return to the lineup. He is eligible for unrestricted free agency in July, but he has expressed plenty of interest in staying with Tampa Bay and hopes that something can be worked out for that to happen.
May 27 - 5:38 PM

Steven Stamkos logged 11:55 of ice time in his return to the lineup in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final.

He had surgery to repair a blood clot in his right collarbone area back on April 4 and was making his first appearance since March 31. "In order to come back and play, you have to be past that, not only physically but mentally," Stamkos said when asked if he felt tentative in his return. "I was past that. Felt pretty good." He had two shots, two hits and a minus-1 rating in Tampa Bay's 2-1 loss to Pittsburgh.
May 27 - 8:45 AM

Steven Stamkos is on the ice taking warmup reps with the Tampa Bay Lightning in advance of Game 7 on Thursday night.

Stamkos has been sidelined for two months with a blood clot, but unless Jon Cooper has a trick up his sleeve, it appears he is a go for Thursday night's do-or-die game.
May 26 - 7:52 PM

Although Lightning GM Steve Yzerman said Thursday morning that there's been no change in Steven Stamkos' status, there's still a chance he might play in Game 7 on Thursday.

Or to put it another way: We have no way of knowing if there's a chance that Stamkos will play, so by extension we can't rule it out. There has been speculation about the possibility of Stamkos' return though and Lightning coach Jon Cooper did nothing to kill it by refusing to talk directly about his lineup. "If Stamkos is in the lineup, it's our best foot forward. If he's not, it's because he was ineligible to play," Cooper added. Perhaps Stamkos is off of blood thinners and the Lightning withheld that information in the hopes of throwing off the Penguins. Maybe Stamkos can't play and the Lightning are teasing the possibility that he could in the hope that it will make things just a little tougher for Pittsburgh to prepare. Whatever the case is, we'll find out soon.
May 26 - 6:43 PM

This is your daily notice that Steven Stamkos' (blood clot) status remains unchanged.

To call it a daily notice is only a slight exaggeration as we also reported on Stamkos' status on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday and the reality is that nothing tangible has changed over that stretch. The reason why we keep providing updates though is that the question keeps getting asked and the reason the question keeps getting asked is because Stamkos' situation could change dramatically without much notice. Stamkos has been on blood thinners but as soon as that's not the case, he could end up returning very quickly. That said, it's entirely possible that Stamkos won't play at all in the postseason, even if Tampa Bay manages to advance to the Stanley Cup Final.
May 26 - 4:06 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Steven Stamkos
2Tyler Johnson
3Valtteri Filppula
4Brian Boyle
LW1Ondrej Palat
2Alex Killorn
3Vladislav Namestnikov
4Jonathan Drouin
5Cory Conacher
6Cedric Paquette
RW1Nikita Kucherov
2Ryan Callahan
3J.T. Brown
4Erik Condra
5Jeremy Morin
6Joel Vermin
D1Victor Hedman
2Anton Stralman
3Jason Garrison
4Braydon Coburn
5Nikita Nesterov
6Andrej Sustr
7Slater Koekkoek
G1Ben Bishop
2Andrei Vasilevskiy