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Steven Stamkos | Center

Team: Tampa Bay Lightning
Age / DOB:  (25) / 2/7/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 188
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Steve Stamkos, a potential unrestricted free agent at season's end, has enjoyed his time in Tampa Bay and he wants to win with the team.
"I've definitely loved every second I've been here, and I want to be here and win with this team," Stamkos, 25, said. "To be able to go through what we went through last year and come up short, you have that bitter taste in our mouth. You want to get back there with the guys you went through the battle with. That's the goal." Obviously, locking up Stamkos is priority number one for GM Steve Yzerman. Oct 4 - 11:32 AM

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It seems Steven Stamkos is willing to keep his contract extension talks active during the season, if necessary.

Stamkos said that he's not imposing a deadline on the talks and he downplayed its potential to be a distraction. "It's been kind of the same for the past couple weeks, it hasn't effected me," said Stamkos. "You get the questions, I give the answer and that's all I think about it the rest of the day. I'm just as excited as anyone to get things going." While this will doubtlessly be a major focus until he signs, we don't believe his contract situation will prevent him from having another great season.
Sep 16 - 2:47 PM

Steven Stamkos won't let his contract situation distract him.

"I don't think it’s distracted me, and it shouldn't," Stamkos said. "We are all professionals here, and things go on throughout the year that you have to deal with when you come to the rink, and when you come to the rink you are prepared to play hockey." Stamkos is committed to helping the Bolts win games and that is where his focus is right now as he gets ready for training camp. His agent is speaking with the Tampa Bay Lightning about an extension that will keep him away from the free agent market next summer.
Sep 14 - 12:01 PM

Steven Stamkos might get some time at left wing during the regular season.

"We had success with him on the wing in the playoffs, but by no means I’m I saying that is his position," Cooper said. Versatility is never a bad thing, but expect Stamkos to get the majority of the time at center, his natural position. He had 43 goals and 72 points last season.
Sep 13 - 8:16 AM

It's some vague stuff, but it does sound like Steve Stamkos is at least discussing a contract extension with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Stamkos described the process as being in "the middle stages" and didn't provide a deadline for discussions, noting that haggling could very well carry on into the 2015-16 season. Many players choose to put talks on hold when play starts, but it doesn't sound like that will be the case. Fantasy-wise, Stamkos in a contract year is extra alluring, so it's a situation to watch for more than just the Lightning's future.
Sep 12 - 2:57 PM

Many pundits outside the Tampa Bay organization believe that there is no reason to panic yet when it comes to an extension for Steve Stamkos.

According to reports, the situation is complicated though. Stamkos is expected to be in the $10.5 million range alongside Chicago stars Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews. The Lightning have to consider new contracts for Ben Bishop, Victor Hedman, Johnson, Alex Killorn, Nikita Kucherov, Ondrej Palat in addition to Stamkos. Chicago's cap crunch has cost them plenty of talent and Tampa Bay doesn't want to be placed in that type of situation. Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman reported that there were trade rumors involving Stamkos before his no-move clause kicked in prior to the draft. The Bolts and Stamkos are also trying to come to terms where he fits in the lineup. The team prefers him on the wing, while he would like to play center. It doesn't seem like a big deal, but the little things can build up during negotiations. Stamkos can become an unrestricted free agent next summer, but it's still widely believed that his future will be with the Lightning.
Sep 8 - 11:05 AM

There has been no movement between the Lightning and Steven Stamkos on a contract extension.

At least from what’s been reported and said publicly. General manager Steve Yzerman said, "There is nothing I choose to comment on at this time, but there is nothing really to report right now." Stamkos, who had 43 goals and 72 points last season, is in the last season of a five-year, $37.5 million deal.
Sep 6 - 11:15 AM

As of this very moment, Tampa Bay Lightning captain Steve Stamkos is considered the top pending 2016 unrestricted free agent, at least by The Hockey News.

The list is full of players who would be difficult to imagine hitting the UFA market, particularly Stamkos and Anze Kopitar. Perhaps someone like Dustin Byfuglien might be available?
Aug 22 - 3:16 PM

There has not been any news out of Tampa Bay in regards to a contract extension for Steve Stamkos.

Stamkos has one more season with a cap hit of $7.5 million, although he will be paid only $5.5 million in 2015-15 and he is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, 2016 if he fails to ink a new deal. Stamkos did not have a good Stanley Cup Final as far as points were concerned and there was some concern that he and coach Jon Cooper did not get along. It should be interesting to see what happens if the Lightning fail to get Stamkos' signature on a new contract.
Aug 18 - 9:12 PM

Steve Stamkos and the Tampa Bay Lightning haven't started to work on a new contract yet.

The window to negotiate an extension with Stamkos began on July 1. "I don’t think we have any criteria on timing at this point in time," Stamkos’ agent Don Meehan said. "I’ve mentioned to Steve Yzerman that we’re going to have a meeting with Steven, and then once we’ve had the meeting with Steven, then I can go back to Steve (Yzerman). He understands that and understands that Steven is in the process of coming back home and getting acclimatized here and getting into his training. He understands the time frame in that respect." While the matter isn't urgent yet, the last thing the Tampa Bay Lightning want is to enter the season without having secured a new contract for Stamkos. That would lead to rampant speculation about his future from across the league and put the Lightning in a very difficult position.
Jul 8 - 11:22 PM

Steve Stamkos had nothing but praise for former teammate Martin St. Louis on Thursday.

This came after St. Louis announced that he would be retiring from the NHL at the age of 40. "You heard all the stories about how great he was and how hard he worked, but to actually physically see it as an 18-year-old kid, that really opened my eyes of how hard you have to work and how dedicated you have to be to be an elite player in the league. It just blew my mind. It was easy for me to follow in his footsteps. And he went out of his way to make me feel comfortable. He really taught me what it was to be a pro. I owe a lot to him." Stamkos also added that St. Louis will be a shoe-in for the Hall-of-Fame when he becomes eligible in a few years.
Jul 2 - 7:20 PM

Steve Stamkos isn't concerned about not having a contract extension worked out yet.

"That stuff is going to take care of itself," Stamkos said. "It's a bigger story now that we went so deep and that everyone is expecting news right away. We literally just finished the toughest hockey we've played in our careers. We're going to relax a little bit. I'm going to go home this week, talk to who I need to talk to and go from there. I'm not losing any sleep over it." He could meet with his agents as early as next week and can't be signed to an extension until July 1. Stamkos has one season left on his current contract.
Jun 24 - 2:00 PM

Signing Steve Stamkos to an extension will be the Tampa Bay Lightning's top priority this summer.

Stamkos has one year left on his deal, but the Lightning don't want to wait any longer than they have to to lock him up. That's the standard practice when it comes to teams dealing with superstars and it would be surprising if Stamkos doesn't re-sign this summer. Really, the only question is how much he'll get paid. Stamkos can basically pick his own salary, but the more he demands, the harder it will be for Tampa Bay to build around him.
Jun 17 - 3:11 PM

It's official, Steven Stamkos went goalless in his first Cup Final.

With Monday's Game 6 2-0 loss to Chicago, Stamkos finished the series with just a single a point. He finished the series with 13 shots on goal, five coming in Game 1 and two combined over Games 5 & 6. He did lead Game 6 with eight hits and winning half his draws, but that's not why one builds around Steven Stamkos. His 2015 postseason ends with seven goals and 18 points in 26 games. Good for fourth on the team behind Alex Killorn, Nikita Kucherov, and Tyler Johnson.
Jun 16 - 12:32 AM

Steve Stamkos has one assist and no goals in his last seven playoff games.

"I definitely want to go out there and have my best game," said Stamkos, who will look to get on the scoresheet in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final. "I feel like the chances are there. You just got to keep working hard. For me, I definitely want to be a guy that can go out there and help our team get back home." Coach Jon Cooper has no doubt that Stamkos will rise to the occassion.
Jun 15 - 11:01 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Steven Stamkos
2Tyler Johnson
3Valtteri Filppula
4Vladislav Namestnikov
5Brian Boyle
LW1Ondrej Palat
2Alex Killorn
3Cedric Paquette
4Jonathan Marchessault
5Mike Angelidis
RW1Nikita Kucherov
2Jonathan Drouin
3Ryan Callahan
4J.T. Brown
5Erik Condra
D1Victor Hedman
2Anton Stralman
3Jason Garrison
4Matt Carle
5Braydon Coburn
6Nikita Nesterov
7Andrej Sustr
8Mattias Ohlund
G1Ben Bishop
2Andrei Vasilevskiy
3Kristers Gudlevskis
4Kevin Poulin