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from Martin Fennelly of the Tampa Tribune,
Uncertainty about Stamkos’ long-term status is a distraction to this team, this franchise and this player. Do the Lightning really need a distracted captain? Didn’t they try that with Marty St. Louis?
I’m not crazy concerned yet.
The Lightning need Stamkos. I think Stamkos needs the Lightning.
He’s a generational scorer. They’re a young contender.
But there are a lot of moving parts. Maybe no villains — yet — but moving parts.
Clearly, Don Meehan, whose agency represents Stamkos, wants to break the bank, set the bar high. Jonathan Toews/Patrick Kane high. Those Cup winners’ contract extensions are eight years apiece, $84 million, a $10.5 million cap hit for each of them.
Wonder how the Blackhawks feel about Kane’s off-ice troubles right about now.
Where were we?
Then there’s the Lightning side, where Yzerman has to factor in looming costs.
from Justin Bourne of The Score,
The story so far is similar to how it went with Mike Babcock in Detroit. They were “in no rush” in the offseason to get a deal done, then he “didn’t want to discuss a contract in-season,” then he was “out the door buh-bye gone.”
We’ve had our first Stamkos story - he’s in no rush, not on any particular timeline, the agent needs to talk to Steven before he can talk to Steve (so … just do that then, right?), and here we are.
If Stamkos doesn’t sign this summer, and doesn’t look like he’s going to lock something down in-season - meaning he wants to go to UFA - Steve Yzerman is going to have a real pickle on his hands.
On the one hand, Stamkos is abso-effing-lutely irreplaceable, and Tampa Bay is abso-effing-lutely going to be a Stanley Cup contender next season, if not a favorite. The Atlantic doesn’t look all that impressive, meaning the Lightning could have a President’s Trophy type season next year, if health allows.
BUT, you cannot let Stamkos walk for nothing in pursuit of that elusive Stanley Cup.
from Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times,
"We said in September that we'd sit down at the end of the year and get that done, and that's my intention," Yzerman said. "We've got a good team, he's our captain, and it's our intention to get him signed to a long-term deal."
Stamkos said he isn't too worried about it, believing that the contract talks will "take care of itself." He loves the future of this young team, saying this playoff run was the most fun he's ever had playing hockey.
"I've said it all along, I want to win a championship with this group," Stamkos said. "It's been a great ride this year. I know we'll have some talks, whether it's in the next day or weeks, I don't know. But we'll definitely be getting something worked out hopefully shortly."
Stamkos knows it can be a "distraction" of he goes into next season without having a long-term deal, as it'll become a big story, especially with the media in Canada with regards to the star center returning to his hometown Maple Leafs.
"We have a lot of time in this summer," he said. "I'm not worried at all about that."
Among the Toronto Sun's Steve Simmons' Sunday notes:
Word is that Mike Babcock is pushing for [Mark] Hunter to be named general manager of the Leafs. Brendan Shanahan would be wise to look elsewhere. Shanahan needs Hunter to find players. A general manager won’t be able to spend the kind of time scouting that the Leafs require to properly rebuild. Hunter may want the job but the practicality of it doesn’t make sense...
Those who say this is the last shot for the Chicago Blackhawks aren’t really paying attention. Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Duncan Keith — the best 1-2-3 in hockey — are signed through 2023. Corey Crawford is signed until 2020. Marian Hossa is signed through 2021. Niklas Hjarmalsson is signed until 2019. So if you lose a Patrick Sharp here, a Brad Richards there and sign Johnny Oduya, Brandon Saad and Brent Seabrook to new deals, there’s no reason this kind of success can’t continue for several more years...
Two more things on Keith: 1) His cap hit is $5.5 million, making his contract one of the best in hockey. By comparison, the Dion Phaneuf contract looks ridiculous. 2) Should the Blackhawks win Saturday night, Keith may be the leading candidate to win the Conn Smythe Trophy, but he’s not a Norris Trophy finalist. For the record, he was on my ballot, ahead of both P.K. Subban and Erik Karlsson, who are up for the award.
If Steve Yzerman can juggle the salary cap prudently, the Tampa Bay Lightning will be Stanley Cup contenders for years. Steven Stamkos, Tyler Johnson, Nikita Kucherov, Ondrej Palat, Victor Hedman and Alex Killorn are all 25 and under. And figuring they pick up some assets for the disappointing Jonathan Drouin, that should make them even stronger...
When Brian Lawton tried to acquire defenceman Tomas Kaberle when he was general manager in Tampa, the Leafs first asked for college kid Alex Killorn. That conversation didn’t last long.
Simmons continues, discussing the usual potpourri of sports topics...
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from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,
- Re-signing Dougie Hamilton will be one of Sweeney’s priorities. It won’t be easy. Through three seasons, 178 games of NHL play have given both sides a good idea of Hamilton’s future value. Hamilton, who will turn 22 on June 17, projects to become the Bruins’ version of Victor Hedman: a big, mobile, three-zone defenseman with shutdown ability to complement scoring touch. Defensemen like that make a lot of money. Hedman is currently on his second contract: $20 million over five years. That is where the conversation starts with Hamilton. The final price is likely to be higher. One agent pegged Hamilton’s asking price at north of $5 million annually. The Bruins would prefer Hamilton’s salary to be closer to Jonas Brodin’s annual average value of $4,166,667.
- The notion sounds so goofy that it should be promptly dismissed. Steven Stamkos is Tampa Bay’s captain and signature player. But there is chatter wondering if Stamkos’s eventual blockbuster contract — he will be a UFA on July 1, 2016 — would be steep enough to prompt the Lightning to deal their captain. This speaks to several things: Stamkos’s asking price, uncertainty about the salary cap in the future, and Tampa’s depth. Stamkos’s threshold is $10.5 million, the annual numbers that Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane will earn starting next season. Stamkos is just as important to his club as Toews and Kane are to theirs. He probably deserves more. But the two Chicago superstars signed their extensions before the weakening of the Canadian dollar. Tyler Johnson is already a top-two center at 24 years old. Vladislav Namestnikov, 22, could become a go-to pivot. They will get raises, as will Ondrej Palat, Nikita Kucherov, and Jonathan Drouin. Moving Stamkos is a wild thought. But some people are thinking it out loud.
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According to ESPN's Pierre LeBrun, the Tampa Bay Lightning's 2-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens (during the start of a slate of back-to-back games) was...lacking in aesthetic value:
The Tampa Bay Lightning played a mediocre hockey game Wednesday night capped by a brilliant play at the buzzer, leaving the Montreal Canadiens stunned and in disbelief.
Tyler Johnson’s goal with 1.1 seconds to go in the third period was the dagger moment of a series that will end, if not Thursday evening in Game 4, then certainly sometime in the near future.
"Obviously we’re excited about the win, but we’re not very proud of the way we played," Tampa Bay captain Steven Stamkos said. "They were a desperate hockey team, had more chances than we did today, they knew their backs were against the wall, they played like it, and we didn’t respond that great."
But the Lightning found a way to win in the end, which is what good teams do in championship seasons, because they can’t all be things of beauty.
Continued, and as a Red Wings fan, I certainly empathize with Habs fans who have found out the hard way that the Lighting seem to have copyrighted the "ugly rope-a-dope win."
"Obviously cause I'm not scoring, people think you're injured, that's not the case. I feel great. Obviously everyone is going through some bumps and bruises at thsi time (of year). But if I had a couple goals, nobody would ask me if i was injured."
"It comes with the territory. For me, I judge my game on how hard I'm competing, the litte things I"m trying to do well. Obviously I get judged on offense and production and that's something I do judge myself on as well, especially when things aren't going well and the team isn't winning, it gets magified. Hopefully I can break through tonight."
-Steven Stamkos of the Tampa Bay Lightning via Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times where you can read a bit more.
Watching the game last night, Stamkos just didn't appear to be on his 'A' game.
Not sure what it is but the Lightning need him to be better than he was last night.
via Scott Cullen of TSN,
Steven Stamkos – Tampa Bay’s marquee player had team-worst possession stats (3 shot attempts for, 10 against, 23.1%) and his line, with wingers Ryan Callahan and Alex Killorn, was controlled by the Red Wings’ line of Pavel Datsyuk, Darren Helm and Tomas Tatar.
via Gary Shelton of SaintPetersBlog,
“They fed off the building, the intensity,” said Lightning center Steven Stamkos. “We didn’t play well. Just looking at our effort in games one and game two compared to tonight, we were missing something.”
Stamkos played 16:47 last night during 19 shifts, was -1 and had two shots.
For the series his TOI is 17:09, is even in +/- and has two assists.
from Joe McDonald of ESPN,
MCDONALD: What do you say to those critics who think the Lightning don't have enough players with postseason experience to make a deep run?
STAMKOS: Well, anything can happen when you get into the playoffs. That's the beauty of the sport and we've seen that over the years. Every team's goal is to get into the playoffs because they know you get a hot goaltender, you get a couple of bounces your way, your special teams get hot and anything can happen. I think, for a lot of us and the young nucleus that we have, a lot of these guys came up and played with each other in the American Hockey League, won a championship down there, so it's not like it's foreign territory for them. We have a great mix of youth and veteran guys, so this is probably the best team that I've played on in my career with regards to the depth we have, the skill set and speed. We saw it a couple of years ago when no one was thinking we would make it to the conference finals, one game from beating the Stanley Cup champions that year, so we kind of have that mentality heading in. We embrace flying under the radar a little bit.
from Martin Fennelly of the Tampa Tribune,
We have no idea what it means down the road, including the playoff road. But Sunday might have been a big step for the Lightning. It might even go down in franchise lore.
The Night Stammer Brought Down The Bear.
The Lightning finally beat the big, bad Boston Bruins, 5-3. Do not try to adjust your sports column. That really happened Sunday night at Amalie Arena.
But how it happened, or began to happen, was the real story.
Bolts captain Steven Stamkos has 273 NHL goals. He has two NHL fights. But one of the fights came Sunday, when Stamkos squared off with Bruins king rat Brad Marchand in the first period.
Stamkos dropped the gloves, and his giddy, energized teammates nearly instantly scored a knockout, scoring twice inside of a minute as Stamkos was in the penalty box. No. 91 didn’t register on the score sheet, just in hearts and minds.
“I just felt at that moment, it was the right thing to do,” Stamkos said.
Watch the fight below...
Hockey Night in Canada host George Stroumboulopoulos sits down with Tampa Bay Lightning captain Steven Stamkos, New York Rangers forward Rick Nash and Los Angeles Kings defenceman Drew Doughty to talk about their experience in the NHL.
Good way to spend nine minutes of your time today...
The future of Steven Stamkos has become a hot topic as he approaches unrestricted free agency in 2016.
And during the media session for the 2015 NHL All-Star Game on Friday, Tampa Bay Lightning forward gave one of his strongest indications to date that he's leaning towards staying with the team that drafted him in 2008.
"Yeah I think that's exactly what the plan is," Stamkos told reporters. "Obviously, July 1 you can announce a deal and something hopefully similar to what (Patrick) Kane and (Jonathan) Toews did, sometime after July 1. It's a long ways away. I'm not really focused on that. We haven't really talked about that at all.
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
Perception is a strange thing. Dallas forward Tyler Seguin has 26 goals and people say he’s been on fire. Same with Rangers’ winger Rick Nash. Tampa captain Steve Stamkos has 25 goals and people say “slow start.”
That’s the cross you bear when you’re 24 and you’ve had a 51 and 60-goal season. The bar is set considerably higher for Stamkos, who has four goals in his last three games, than anybody else in the NHL, save for maybe Alex Ovechkin who has had a “slow start” with his 22 goals, but is an eye-popping plus 10 under new coach Barry Trotz after being minus 35 last year for Adam Oates in Washington.
Stamkos has only had five multi-goal outings in the first 45 Tampa games, so people have questioned if his hands have gone a little cold. In one eight-game stretch from Dec. 11 through Dec. 27 he only scored in two games. But, the longest he’s gone without a goal is three games. Mere mortals would die for, uh, those troubles. Oiler winger Jordan Eberle, who has the best hands on that team, has had a five, seven and nine-game drought this season.
Unlike Gustav Nyquist who tried it a few more times, Stamkos just needed one lap around the Ottawa Senators to score...
from Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune,
A year later, and 15 games into this season, Stamkos still feels the effects of the injury with constant minor reminders, whether it’s a slight pain in the leg or some discomfort when he gets out of bed every day.
There remains uncertainty if the leg will ever be back to normal.
“That’s kind of the million dollar question, is it ever going to feel the same way as before,’’ Stamkos said. “It may never and I’m hoping one day I’ll wake up and it just feels like a regular leg. But I don’t know if that’s going to happen.
“Your body has a new norm now, and that’s been an adjustment. But mentally, it’s been night and day compared to where I ended the season off last year to where I am at this point the season.’’
Sportsnet's figured out that its Damien Cox and Elliotte Friedman chit-chat is a smorgasbord of rumors and intrigue, and so they've decided to post it online AND to not geo-block it:
So, per Cox and Friedman:
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The Tampa Bay Lightning had a helluva Monday night, defeating the Montreal Canadiens 7-1, and Steven Stamkos registered a hat trick along the way (among 12 shots):
Steven Stamkos is known to distinctly remember every single goal he's ever scored. James Duthie tested that theory and the results were outstanding.
from Joe Smith of Lightning Strikes,
When Lightning captain Steven Stamkos takes the ice tonight for his first exhibition action, he'll do so looking - and feeling - more like his old self.
Stamkos said his surgically-repaired right leg feels much better than he did late last season, when he returned after missing 45 games following surgery to repair a broken tibia. While tonight's game against the Stars will provide a better barometer, he's already seen a big difference in practice and scrimmages.
"I think it's that first couple steps, that explosiveness that is a big part of my game," Stamkos said. "I definitely feel a lot more comfortable in that regards. We'll have to wait and see until the game, but in practices and scrimmages the skating is an asset of mine and I thought I was kind of a step back last year even when I did some back. I'm feeling good, feeling confident and mentally I'm in a much better state as well. You don't realize how much that has an affect on your game until you go through an injury like that and you find yourself protecting that spot a lot of instead of thinking maybe the next play, which I usually do. I'm in a better state that way as well."
The coaches have noticed it,, too.
from Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune,
Stamkos’ right leg, which was broken in a horrific on-ice accident on Nov. 11 in Boston, feels stronger than it did at the end of last season, when Tampa Bay was swept out of the playoffs by Montreal in the first round.
One of two screws was removed from the leg last month, he said. And though he skated in Toronto last week, Stamkos came to Tampa early for additional treatment and to gain more strength in the leg. There are no concerns about his leg, he said.
““It’s amazing, even week after week, how much better it feels and how much closer it’s getting to where it was before the injury,” he said.
Stamkos is excited by the summer moves by general manager Steve Yzerman, who retained winger Ryan Callahan on a long-term contract and brought in defensemen Jason Garrison and Anton Stralman, center Brian Boyle, veteran forward Brendan Morrow and goaltender Evgeni Nabokov.
“The bar has definitely been raised,” Stamkos said. “The expectations aren’t to just sneak into the playoffs, it’s that we want to get in there and win.’’
from the CP at TSN,
LeBron James going home to play for the Cleveland Cavaliers led to speculation about whether a star NHL player might do the same in the near future.
Naturally, Steven Stamkos was at the centre of that speculation. The Tampa Bay Lightning captain and Markham, Ont., native could be an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2016, and the allure of playing for the Toronto Maple Leafs could be there.
"We'll see what happens. It's a couple years away," Stamkos said Wednesday. "Right now I'm focused on what I have to do to win in Tampa, and I think we've really established ourselves as a team that can compete in upcoming years.
"For me, that's the important thing is getting a chance to win. It looks like we're going to have that chance for a couple years."
from Sean Fitz-Gerlad of the National Post,
It was not clear whether Stamkos went through a concussion protocol off the ice. It was not clear whether he met with a doctor. Lightning coach Jon Cooper suggested Stamkos received medical clearance before he returned for the third period, but he was vague.
“I can’t comment on the particulars,” Cooper said, in the Times. “For a coach, it’s ‘can the player go or can he not?’ We take every precaution on the side of the player not playing. But everyone said he’s good to go, Steven said he’s good to go, and he got stronger as the game went on, so he was fine.”
Tampa Bay pulled their goale on a delayed penalty, Steven Stamkos somehow found the open net from the Tampa offensive zone.
Cory Conacher gets credit for the own-goal.
TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have named Steven Stamkos the 10th captain in franchise history today, the team unveiled prior to their game versus the Buffalo Sabres.
“Steven Stamkos was destined to be the leader of our team,” head coach Jon Cooper said. “The fact that it’s happening now just puts us one step closer to achieving our ultimate goal and that is trying to win the Stanley Cup.”
TAMPA BAY – Tampa Bay Lightning Center Steven Stamkos will not be able to participate in the 2014 Winter Olympic Games, Lightning Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced today. Stamkos underwent a CT Scan (which offers a three-dimensional view of the bone) this afternoon and then met with Lightning Medical Director Ira Gutentag, who was unable to clear Stamkos for game participation at this time. Rehabilitation with the Lightning training staff will continue and he will be reevaluated in 2-3 weeks.
from Damian Cristodero of the Tampa Bay Times,
Stamkos will have an X-ray when the team returns to Tampa after Tuesday's game at Minnesota. There will be discussions with Lightning doctors, Tampa Bay and Team Canada general manager Steve Yzerman and executives from Hockey Canada.
Stamkos has said he wants to play in one or both of the Lightning's home games leading up to the Olympics. But he also said not playing Thursday against the Maple Leafs or Saturday against the Red Wings would not preclude him from going to Sochi.
Here is what could:
"I don't feel I'm where I need to be in order to play in a game yet," Stamkos said Friday, his last meeting with reporters. "You have to listen to your body. It has gotten better, and there's less and less pain every time I get on the ice. But there's still discomfort."
Stamkos, who had a titanium rod inserted in the tibia, said he hopes the pain will at least become "manageable."
The health of Steven Stamkos was the first topic discussed by the Hotstove panel made up of Glenn Healy, Elliotte Friedman and Nick Kypreos.
Up next was Ryan Callahan and Kypreos is saying Sather is trying to generate interest from other teams but one Western Conference team says Callahan is asking for too much.
The Canadian dollar and escrow was the next topic. Healy says with the Canadian dollar dropping will mean the players will be giving more money to escrow.
You can watch the video below:
from Martin Fennelly of the Tampa Tribune,
If he can’t go for the Lightning in a game before heading to Russia, he shouldn’t go.
I’d rather break his heart than have him break something else, even in the name of Canada....
It’s just three weeks until hockey begins in Sochi.
The Lightning appear playoff bound.
Lightning GM Steve Yzerman can’t listen to Stamkos’ heart.
It’s complicated, since Yzerman is also GM for Team Canada. By the way, Y needs to drop one of those gigs after these Games. We’ve seen from the Marty St. Louis Olympic snub that Yzerman is in an awkward position. Now it’s stranger still with Stamkos’ situation.
I think Yzerman, with the doctors, will make the right call.
Stamkos’ heart can’t be the tiebreaker.
from Joe Smith at Lightning Strikes,
Lightning star Steven Stamkos shed his red jersey in favor of a yellow one for Saturday's morning skate, signaling he's been cleared for light contact.
Stamkos, who suffered a broken right tibia Nov. 11, had hoped he'd be able to take the next step in his rehab after a Thursday x-ray was encouraging. And Stamkos appeared to enjoy his new status, playfully shoving teammate Marty St. Louis near the boards Saturday morning, even knocking the captain to the ice.
Stamkos' goal is to return for one of the Lightning's home games (Feb. 6, Feb. 8) before the Olympic break. But coach Jon Cooper tempered the excitement over the color of the All-Star's jersey, saying Stamkos is "a ways away" from being cleared to play.
from Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune,
Though Stamkos has been back on skates for the past month, and in full gear since Jan. 2 in Calgary, Thursday marked the first time he was on the ice from the beginning of a session, instead of primarily before or after his teammates were done with formal practice.
“That was huge,” Stamkos said of being out for the full morning skate. “It’s not a full practice, but to be able to go out and not have to go on early or wait until the end to go on, Mike (Poirier, assistant medical trainer) talked last night that I wanted to go out and try it. It’s the best it’s every felt, and we are working extremely hard, but mentally it is a big hurdle to jump over to know that you can at least keep up with the guys, going on a two-on-one with Marty (St. Louis), but it does feel great.”
About the only disappointing moment is when Stamkos did not take part in power-play drills toward the end of the skate, a point Stamkos jokingly made to head coach Jon Cooper.
added 1:49pm, Stamkos talks after practice today, watch below...
from Damien Cox of The Spin,
In the summer of 2016, unless he extends his contract between now and then, Stamkos will be an unrestricted free agent. There are those who believe that playing for the Leafs would be a dream for Stamkos, although you often hear that about this player or that player.
Still, the attraction of going home helped the Leafs sign David Clarkson, whether you like that one or not.
The Leafs would like to believe that the Markham-born Stamkos may be thinking something along the lines of the way Zach Parise was thinking in the summer of 2012 when he targeted the Minnesota Wild, hardly an NHL powerhouse, as his destination of choice so he co
Of course, Stamkos wouldn't be free for another two summers, which gives Tampa and owner Jeff Vinik loads of time to get him locked down.
from Damian Cristodero of the Tampa Bay Times,
Skating straight ahead, Steven Stamkos is all good. Doing plyometrics in the gym and taking force on his right leg as it hits the ground? Not a problem.
It is when the Lightning's star center tries crossover skating or accelerating from a stop that he feels the most discomfort in the leg broken Nov. 11 at Boston.
"It's the torquing, when all the weight is on that leg and you're turning, that's the stuff that bothers me most," Stamkos said Monday after joining teammates on the ice at the end of the morning skate. "It's anytime there's a pass that's a little bit in front and you have to make that sudden movement. I'm not at a point where I'm 100 percent comfortable with that right now."
Even so, he said, "Each time I've been on the ice, for the most part, I've felt better each time."
contnued plus more on the Lightning...
Steven Stamkos updates his health after his first skate in front of the media today.
from Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes,
Is Lightning star Steven Stamkos targeting a Feb. 6 return from the broken right tibia he sustained Nov. 11 at Boston? That was the report this week from Darren Dreger of Canada's TSN.
Asked if he is targeting a specific date for a return, Stamkos on Wednesday would not say but offered this: "It’s impossible to tell, really. I mentioned in my press conference I’d love to come back and play a couple games and be able to play in the Olympics. That’s my goal. You have to have a goal and you work towards your goal."
If Stamkos does return by Feb. 6, he could play two games for the Lightning before the Olympic break. On playing for Canada at the Sochi Olympics, he said it won't happen "unless I am 100 percent."
"To be able to do what I'm doing now and almost comeback to a normal life, being able to just move around on your own, I'm definitely happy with that. I'd say I've overcome the initial shock and frustration and disappointment, and now it's what do I have to do to get back as quick as possible. But obviously as smart as possible."
-Steven Stamkos of the Tampa Bay Lightning at a press conference today. A bit more on Stamkos (who is not using crutches) from the CP at TSN..
updated at 1:32 pm: Here's Stamkos' presser:
TSN's Darren Dreger, Bob McKenzie and Pierre LeBrun offered a slate of scoops on the latest episode of TSN's Insider Trading, and ESPN's Pierre LeBrun's GM's meetings blog entry (it's a blog entry, not a blog, Mr. LeBrun), and the gents covered oodles of issues, starting with Nail Yakupov...
Is there any chance Nail Yakupov ends up being traded out of Edmonton?
Dreger: Not this year. The Oilers have no intentions of trading him. What they need from him, given the fact that he's played 65 NHL games, is to figure it out. He needs to start being a better defensive player, he needs to mature a little bit, work on the issues in his game and be ready for the time when Ales Hemsky is traded by the Oilers so he can take a more predominant role. As for the Igor Larionov story, Craig MacTavish spoke to him and there are no issues there.
And they continue, discussing Vernon Fiddler's future in Dallas, a possible Hiller-to-Nashville scenario, the Florida Panthers,' "Almost Everyone Must Go" sale, P.K. Subban's contract status, and, as you might expect, Steven Stamkos' situation:
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
... Now, he’s gone, with 14 goals (riding a six-game scoring streak), with 23 points–a guy who figured in44 percent of his team’s goals. Tampa talked a good game about other guys stepping up, but Marty St. Louis, bless his soul, is 38. He is more of a passer than a shooter. Val Filppula, who played in Pavel Datsyuk’s shadow in Detroit, is now the default No. 1 centre there. Little Ryan Johnson moves up to No. 2. Good players but Stamkos is a great player, a great player who was hurt on a back-checking mission against Boston defenceman Dougie Hamilton–an awful visual on YouTube.
Stamkos’s injury likely opens the doors wide-open for Olympic team berths. Canada has a couple of natural RWs in St. Louis and Corey Perry who will probably be in Sochi but that’s it. Centres were moving over. Maybe centre/winger Claude Giroux in Philly pops back into the Olympic picture now, same with the versatile Patrick Sharp, who’s always under the radar. Some guys who didn’t get summer orientation invites like Patty Marleau and Jamie Benn and Joffrey Lupul might now get a longer look.
There’s only one Stamkos though and today he’s sitting in a hospital bed with a plate or a rod and screws in his broken leg. It’s a crying shame, for him, and all hockey fans.
TAMPA BAY – Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos underwent successful surgery this afternoon in Boston to stabilize a fracture in his right tibia. He is expected to return to Tampa on Thursday to begin rehabilitation immediately, the team announced. A prospective timetable has not yet been set for his return to the ice.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
What a brutal day for GM Steve Yzerman, impacted on two fronts: most importantly on his NHL team but also on the Canadian Olympic team he is assembling. In fact, Yzerman was slated to assemble the Team Canada management staff Tuesday night in Toronto to update their player list for the Olympic team.
You don’t replace Stamkos, not on the Lightning (where Stamkos participated in 44 percent of his team’s goals scored this season), but not even on Team Canada.
Short of losing Sidney Crosby, not sure there’s a more damaging piece of news for Team Canada.
It is compounded by the fact Rick Nash -- another preseason lock to make the Olympic team -- has not returned to play since his early season concussion, although he’s skated of late so perhaps there will be good news soon.
Still, a sobering day on so many fronts, but most of all it’s the fans around the league who lose out the most, deprived of the game’s top goal scorer.
a bit more
added 5:20pm, from Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune,
Stamkos will remain at Massachusetts General Hospital overnight, Tampa Bay general manager Steve Yzerman said.
“It’s a big loss, but you know, we’ve been winning as a team and we’re going to have to find a way to continue doing that,’’ Lightning captain Marty St. Louis said. “We’re going to have to raise our game collectively. You don’t replace Stammer, but the guys are going to have to step up.’’
Added 7:16 p.m.
Team Canada said they'll still name #Lightning Stamkos to 25 man list. Don't think they would if they thought he had zero chance of playing— Nick Kypreos (@RealKyper) November 12, 2013
If you missed the incident, you can watch it here.
TAMPA BAY – Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos was diagnosed with a broken tibia in his right leg today in Boston, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced.
“At this point Steven will be out indefinitely,” Yzerman said. “The medical staff in Boston, in consultation with our team physicians, has made the decision to surgically repair the injury. The procedure is expected to take place tomorrow morning. The biggest concern for me, and the rest of the Lightning, is that decisions are made in Steven’s best long-term interest, and we feel this is the appropriate course of action.”
As I just tweeted, Stamkos slid into the post, was in some severe pain when taken off the ice.
added 2:48pm Video of the injury below... (5:00 minute video)
from Gary Shelton of the Tampa Bay Times,
He could always score and, for a long time, that was all the world saw in him. From the time Barry Melrose was as wrong about Stamkos as any coach has ever been about a player, he has been an offensive force. He was a better skater than most realized, and he had great hands, and he had terrific vision. It was as if the puck turned into a grenade whenever it touched Stamkos' stick, and the explosion always happened in the back of the net.
The newest version of Stamkos has been improved, however. These days, he is a more complete player. He can still score (13 goals in 15 games), but at the ripe old age of 23, Stamkos has become a wiser player, more mature....
Wouldn't you expect this? Great players in their early 20s tend to get better. They figure things out as they go, and the parts of hockey that didn't seem as important suddenly matter a great deal. They grow into their bodies, and they grow into their sport. They get it.
And so it is that Stamkos has spent this year challenging his own reputation. Yes, he is still the scorer from the highlights. These days, however, he is more. Honestly.
from Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune,
In the short film, which lasts around two minutes, Stamkos portrays fictional hockey player Shawn Warford, who gets traded by his father/coach and goes on to score five goals with his dad on the opposing bench. The film also features Edmonton’s Jordan Eberle — who did his own Moment Zero ad portraying Kevin Walker — and TSN television personality Bob McKenzie.
Being in that situation gave Stamkos a new appreciation for actors and those involved with filming movies and television.
“It’s amazing that it’s that long of a process,’’ he said of the 8½-hour day to shoot two commercials. “There’s a lot of sitting around, a lot of waiting, moving of camera angles and stuff like that and for (90 seconds) of actual video. So I have a lot of respect for actors and what they have to go through to make a movie and that’s a two-hour movie.
“It’s an unbelievably long and sometimes painful process, but in the end the professionals that edit it, they make it look good.’’
You can watch the video below...
“On the bench after that goal, we were kind a looking at each other just thinking, ‘Did he really do that?’ It’s a shame when he was in Detroit with Zetterberg, Datsyuk and Lidstrom for all those years, because not a lot of people talked about him. But he is getting a chance to show what you can do and it’s impressive.’’
-Steven Stamkos of the Tampa Bay Lightning on Valtteri Filppula. More on "Flip" from Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune.
Below, watch the goal Stamkos is talking about...
from Katie Strang of ESPN,
One of the league's scoring leaders, Tampa Bay Lighting center Steven Stamkos has evolved since breaking into the league as a first-overall draft pick in 2008. Stamkos tells ESPNNewYork.com's Katie Strang about his maturation as a player, the advice he's received from teammate Martin St. Louis and which baseball team has his heart (sort of) in this week's installment of the New York Minute.
STRANG: What's your take on this team as we near the midpoint of the season?
STAMKOS: I think we got off to a great start. Obviously, we took advantage of the good schedule in our favor, a lot of home games, catching teams back-to-back, [we] got off to a 6-1 start. Since then, it's been a little bit of a different story. Went through some tough times there -- I think we lost five, six in a row. But I think we're really starting to find the identity of our team. I think we've been playing a lot better. [We're] not necessarily getting the results we want in terms of points, but the process is ongoing and at least we're seeing some signs of life and seeing signs of guys picking up on things we're going over as a team, whether it's on practice or video. We're getting there. We've played some pretty good teams lately. When we're in the game, we've got to find ways to beat them if we want to be a good team, but the process has started to take its course, I think.
from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,
It's not easy to put Gary Roberts out of commission. Steven Stamkos almost did it in with one powerful squeeze this summer.
Stamkos, the Tampa Bay Lightning center, was playfully roughhousing with Roberts, a man 24 years his elder but one many consider to be among the toughest to ever play in the NHL. Stamkos put a vicelike grip on Roberts' bicep, and Roberts' arm started to throb, threatening to at least temporarily ruin his plans for golf that day.
Instead of anger, all Roberts felt was pride. After all, Roberts and his training methods are ultimately responsible for Stamkos' surge in strength during the past four years.
Well, you can take 15 minutes of your night and watch all 60 scored by Steven Stamkos this season.
Sportsnet had this video earlier, but it is only available to Canadian IPs, so thanks to ktornado for the upload.
Nice gesture by the Winnipeg fans too.
added 9:28pm, The HNIC call of the goal is below…