Will Stamkos Have a Contract Soon?
(Steven Stamkos is still waiting for a contract!)
Lightning GM Steve Yzerman met with Stamkos' team of agents to try to work something out, the Tampa Tribune's Erik Erlendsson reports. While the Bolts are still expected to re-sign him, the longer this draws out, the better chance another team has of coming in with a strong offer sheet. And now that the Brad Richards sweepstakes are over, some of those who were in pursuit might think about what it would cost to get Stamkos.
My take: I'm surprised someone hasn't already tried the offer-sheet route; Stamkos is well worth the compensation. The kid has 96 goals over the past two seasons, more than anyone else in the National Hockey League. I'm confused as to what's taking the Tampa Bay Lightning so long... Stamkos...