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The Steven Stamkos Watch

from Frank Seravalli of TSN,

Saturday marks not only a date of significance for the Steven Stamkos saga in Tampa Bay, but also a date in which we could see some sort of resolution.

Teams can begin the courting process with unrestricted free agents on Saturday, a full five days before they are permitted to sign on July 1.

The next 48 hours will be crucial in the Lightning’s hopes to re-sign Stamkos, who at 26 is on track to become the youngest superstar ever to hit the open market after nearly a year of unfruitful negotiations.

Lightning GM Steve Yzerman hinted to the Tampa Bay Times this week that time is running out to make a deal - maybe even sooner than next week. With so many other pressing needs for the Lightning, it seems entirely possible that the Lightning could make a final “best offer” on Friday before wishing Stamkos well and moving in another direction.

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I would not be surprised if he signed with Islanders to play with his buddy Tavares. They have Okposo and Nielsen off the books. It would make a big splash in New York as the Rangers decline.

Posted by Puckbubba on 06/23/16 at 10:18 AM ET

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I would not be surprised if he signed with Islanders to play with his buddy Tavares. They have Okposo and Nielsen off the books. It would make a big splash in New York as the Rangers decline.

Posted by Puckbubba on 06/23/16 at 10:18 AM ET

I don’t know that the Isles will be a spend-to-the-cap team.  Things are not going well in Brooklyn and there’s been active talk of going back to Nassau already.

Also, as Garth noted elsewhere, I don’t think Stamkos wants to play wing/has any intention of doing so.  Isles already have Tavares, Strome, Nelson, Grabovski, etc at C.  Lotta’ moving parts there to keep happy.

Posted by Primis on 06/23/16 at 10:36 AM ET

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I might be a pessimist, but I don’t see how Stamkos is a 10M guy.

I mean, 72 and 64 points in the last two seasons, a few weird injuries, 36 goals last season… Ok, that’s great compering to the Wings roster, but is that really worth 10M?

Posted by Guilherme from Brazsil on 06/23/16 at 11:12 AM ET

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(just looked it up and he was 7th in goals/game, but I’m still not 100% into him)

Posted by Guilherme from Brazsil on 06/23/16 at 11:17 AM ET

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Ok, that’s great compering to the Wings roster, but is that really worth 10M?

In my opinion, yes.

Even this year, with his worst full-season goal total since his rookie year, he scored seven more goals than any Red Wing has scored since the 2008-09 season.

I really think he would change the complexion of the team, not to mention that if teams have to concentrate on defending whatever his line is, that’s less attention that an opponent can spend on whichever lines Larkin, Tatar and Nyquist are on, possibly lessening any sophomore slump Larkin has and allowing Nyquist and Tatar to possibly bounce back easier.

To me, for the Wings, he’d definitely be worth $10M.

Posted by Garth on 06/23/16 at 11:29 AM ET

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The Wings biggest problem this year was generating offense on the power play. Stamkos will generate offense on the power play.

The biggest question I have about Stamkos being worth it isn’t his production (or ability to produce) when healthy. It’s his health. I’m sure it is recency bias, but there have been some high profile examples of clotting issues ending careers. $70 million is a lot to bet on a guy unless both his doctors, the team doctors, and independent doctors can agree that the risk of the clotting issue being more than a “one-time” thing that he has recovered from is very slim.

Posted by Nathan from the scoresheet! on 06/23/16 at 11:43 AM ET

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To me, for the Wings, he’d definitely be worth $10M.

Posted by Garth on 06/23/16 at 11:29 AM ET

I would 100% agree if the blood clot issue could be assuredly put to rest.

Posted by Primis on 06/23/16 at 11:52 AM ET

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Stamkos is worth 10.5-11/year 7 years. Wings have NO BIG names, and are basically awful at scoring goals. Get this guy in here. MAYBE Larkin is that guy in the future but not anytime soon.

Posted by Pasha1277 on 06/23/16 at 12:00 PM ET

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I say yes for two reasons with one caveat.  The blood clots, as well as generally has had a few injuries.  The clot thing might scare off lots of teams actually.  However, my two reasons are yes, his talent would say so, and two, when you’re the wings and stuck on trying to improve wthout bottoming out, you need to pay in this case.  A get him at almost all costs approach…. to a point mind you, but 10 mil is doable.  Is he TRULY worth that, pretty close I’d say but maybe not quite.  He’s a great leader though, plays defensively, and can win draws, plays hard…. so it’s not like you are JUST paying for goals.

My vote is Toronto, Buffalo, Islanders.  (this is assuming he actually doesn’t want to stay in tampa or they don’t want to pay).

Tavarees Stammer down the middle would be awesome.  You need strong 1-2 punch if you want to win the cup.  Strome really hasn’t taken a big step yet… they are letting Neisen go, there is most certaily a spot there for him.

Posted by DieByTheWing on 06/23/16 at 01:24 PM ET

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He’s a top-ten scorer in the NHL and bona fide first-line center on a Hall of Fame track who’s a UFA. 

Guys like him rarely hit the market, so their value is inflated by scarcity.  That doesn’t make them bad signings.  Ryan Suter was similar for his position and since he signed with the Wild in 2012, no better player defenseman has hit the UFA market.

Posted by captaineclectic on 06/23/16 at 01:25 PM ET

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exactly Captain.  If you are going to overpay, this is the time.  Not on Troy Brouwer

Posted by DieByTheWing on 06/23/16 at 02:37 PM ET

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Guys like him rarely hit the market, so their value is inflated by scarcity.  That doesn’t make them bad signings.  Ryan Suter was similar for his position and since he signed with the Wild in 2012, no better player defenseman has hit the UFA market.

exactly, if you’re looking for value you have to trade for it.  This is why the Wings should have went in to blow his socks off in 2012, Suter would’ve been so worth the money

Posted by bababooey on 06/23/16 at 03:06 PM ET

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exactly, if you’re looking for value you have to trade for it.  This is why the Wings should have went in to blow his socks off in 2012, Suter would’ve been so worth the money

Posted by bababooey on 06/23/16 at 03:06 PM ET

...instead we got the “moral victory” of almost beating Chicago with one hand tied behind our back and $20M of cap space unused.

It’s about the last victory of any kind we’ve had.

Posted by captaineclectic on 06/23/16 at 03:52 PM ET

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