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Jeff Vinik On The Contract Situation With Steven Stamkos

from Joe Smith of Lightning Strikes,

"I love watching Steven Stamkos play, I'm not worried about him," Vinik said at Fan Fest today at Amalie Arena. "He's a great player, great leader, great person. I hope he's with this organization for a long time to come.

Vinik has said he's confident GM Steve Yzerman can figure out a deal with Stamkos. Stamkos could warrant a deal in the neighborhood of the eight-year, $84 million extensions Blackhawks stars Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews signed last summer. Vinik said Yzerman has the "green light" money-wise in a Stamkos deal to do what is "best for the long-term interest of this franchise."

"I have confidence in both guys," Vinik said. "Steve, as I said is one of the best managers in the league and Stamkos is one of hte best players in the league."

Vinik touched on a number of other topics today, "thankful" that 8,810 showed up for Fan Fest.

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