Enough with it. End the drama.
Is there a chance Stamkos doesn’t play for the Lightning next year? Surely, but it’s pretty small. GM Steve Yzerman is trying to do everything in his power to keep Stamkos in Tampa. Stamkos is the team’s biggest marketing tool, and the future of the franchise. Trading (or letting Stamkos go) would be Stevie Y’s last resort, but there’s no rush at the moment.
Are teams like the Flyers, Maple Leafs, among other teams, interested in adding Stamkos? Of course. He’s one of the best players in the league, everyone’s going to have interest. How much interest and whether they are willing to part with some pieces is a different story.
A lot of these types of rumors are started because the NHL offseason has hit a dead spot. Everyone’s bored. Fans are playing NHL11 and seeing how different players look in different uniforms. Media members have written stories about “no new news” with the Stamkos negotiations and then fans begin speculating (despite the insistence of “no new news”). Rumors start, such as that Stamkos “doesn’t want to play in Tampa”, even though no credible reports have said this. Also, it has been denied over and over. Yet the rumors persist.
So what do Lightning fans think? (more…)