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Steven Stamkos has revealed that he is leaving the Tampa Bay Lightning


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Sam Jones
June 28, 2024  (5:33 PM)
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Steven Stamkos has revealed that he is leaving the Tampa Bay Lightning
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In a move that's shaking the NHL, Steven Stamkos is officially parting ways with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The team's captain, who was picked first overall in the 2008 draft, has spent his entire career with the Lightning. Now, after an illustrious stint and an 8-year contract worth $8.5 million annually, Stamkos and his agent have decided to test the waters of free agency.
According to a TSN report by Pierre LeBrun, despite ongoing discussions, the two sides have hit a fundamental impasse. Lightning GM Julien BriseBois addressed the media, revealing the current state of negotiations:
"As we stand here right now, we haven't been able to reach an agreement yet. I don't know if we will be able to reach an agreement but we met with Steven's agent again yesterday and both sides are still interested in getting a deal done but we have not been able to agree to terms that are satisfactory for both sides. I think, at this time, it's probably best if I leave my comments to that for the time being." - Lightning GM Julien BriseBois

Now at 34, Stamkos remains a formidable force on the ice, having racked up 40 goals and 81 points last season. Despite his age, his performance could still command a hefty price tag, with projections suggesting a contract value of around $9 million for the upcoming season. However, concerns about his long-term output as he ages might be causing hesitation from the Lightning's management.
As free agency approaches, several teams are already expressing interest in the veteran scorer. Stamkos could potentially be a valuable addition for playoff-contending teams looking to bolster their lineups. For instance, if the Edmonton Oilers can manage their cap space, Stamkos might find a new home on their second line alongside Leon Draisaitl, offering a significant boost to their offensive capabilities.
The hockey community is abuzz, waiting to see where Stamkos will land come July 1st, when he becomes an unrestricted free agent. This development marks a significant milestone in his career and could reshape the competitive landscape of the NHL depending on his choice of team.
Steven Stamkos will be a free agent on July 1
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