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Every Team Has Interest In Stamkos But No Trade Talk

from Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes,

“I talk to general managers on a daily basis and get asked a lot, ‘How are you making out?’ But that’s about all,” Yzerman said.

Has anyone come up with a proposal? “Absolutely not. I’m not interested in discussing a possible trade. I’m committed to re-signing Steven.”

Has anyone said they would be interested if negotiations broke down? “They don’t have to say that,” he said, laughing. “Every team is interested in Steven Stamkos.”

Bottom line? “I’m confident,” Yzerman said, “we will reach an agreement.”

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  Tags: steve+yzerman, steven+stamkos

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someone better alert Dwayne Keith Klessel to this story

Posted by Evilpens on 07/11/11 at 09:45 AM ET

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I figured GM’s zeal to improve their teams (to the detriment of competitors) would have overridden their need to be popular among their peer group. Guess I was wrong.

Still, Stamkos’ fair market price (as opposed to his max out price) is not in dispute by anybody but Yzerman. He has very near to an exact numerical comparable at his position in Eric Staal. If Stamkos was arbitration-eligible, he’d get a 2 year deal for exactly 8.5 and this would be over with.

Surely Stamkos and his agent know that the Staal number’s more relevant than the Spezza number. Why Yzerman thinks it’s a good idea to strongarm the on-ice and marketing future of his franchise is beyond me.

Posted by steviesteve on 07/11/11 at 03:13 PM ET

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