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Could Steven Stamkos Be Moved By The Trade Deadline?

Chris Johnston of Sportsnet with his views on the Stamkos situation.

The more this goes along, the more it looks and sounds like Steven Stamkos is heading towards a breakup with the Tampa Bay Lighting.

It might even come by the end of the month.

No one is saying that, not exactly. But there’s something about the way the “no comments” are flowing with a little more than two weeks left before the Feb. 29 trade deadline that makes you wonder if the situation is coming to a head.

When veteran agent Don Meehan of Newport Sports appeared on Prime Time Sports earlier this week it was notable when he responded to a question about Stamkos and the deadline by saying: “Well, I think it’s a sensitive issue.”

Then Stamkos met reporters on Thursday and declined to rule out the possibility of waiving his no-movement clause to help the Lightning facilitate a deal.

“I haven’t even thought about that,” said Stamkos, according to Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times. “I think the answer is, ‘we’ll cross that bridge at the time, and I don’t think it’s that time now.’ So I continue to come to the rink everyday as the leader that I am and the teammate that everyone in this room knows that I am, and give my best effort.”

He added: “The trade deadline is coming up in a couple weeks, I’m sure everyone will have some answers in a couple weeks when that comes.”


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nEgativezEro's avatar

Could he? Of course.
Will he? Not likely.

I’m sure there will be inquiries, but it’s hard to send out a slew of quality players when you can sign him as a UFA for free.

As they point out, Tampa is a better team with Stamkos, and they’re playing very well right now. Hard to see them moving a key guy right before the playoffs. Hard to imagine that they get an even return for him. They certainly won’t get a single player back who is as good, and it’s hard to believe the sum of all the parts would add up either.

Posted by nEgativezEro on 02/12/16 at 11:30 AM ET

Paul's avatar

Darren Dreger on the chances Stamkos lands in Toronto,

Is it possible? Of course it is. Is it likely? Not when you sift through the facts Stamkos is consuming as he weaves his way through the regular season, playoffs and then into a boardroom at Newport Sports to meticulously hammer out the contract of his career.

First of all, it’s still a large assumption Steve Yzerman and Lightning ownership won’t or can’t find the balance between good business and keeping Stamkos, a key cog in their long-term plans. It’s unlikely Tampa Bay will move from $8.5 million to $12 million, a figure I use in relation to the Leafs because if Stamkos is giving up two, three, or more contending years, he’s going to get paid to do it and paid large. So, provided the Lightning move a bit on the money, there’s no reason to think his days in Florida are numbered.

Beyond signing an extension, Stamkos will obviously have multiple options if a decision is made to go to market. Teams will be packing offers creatively mapping out the financial benefits, endorsement ideas and, most importantly, convincing arguments on why Stamkos is the missing piece in their Stanley Cup puzzle.



Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 02/12/16 at 12:49 PM ET


Howard, Helm & Big E for Stamkos after a sign & trade?

If Holland doesn’t do that, then he sucks at GM.

Posted by neffernin on 02/12/16 at 01:48 PM ET

Primis's avatar

If Holland doesn’t do that, then he sucks at GM.

Posted by neffernin on 02/12/16 at 12:48 PM ET

If Yzerman does that, he sucks as GM.

Posted by Primis on 02/12/16 at 04:01 PM ET

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