Steven Stamkos RUMORS & NEWS

  • Leafs have remote chance of landing Stamkos

    TSN "I will amend this story in a future Dreger Report if information unexpectedly materializes that forces me to adjust the position I'm about to present on the likelihood of Steven Stamkos choosing the Toronto Maple Leafs on July 1, otherwise known by TSN faithful as the “Free Agent Frenzy.” I..." February 12

  • Lightning's Stamkos: Answers will come at the trade deadline

    Tampa Bay Times "If he wanted to, captain Steven Stamkos could sqaush any potential drama leading up until the Feb. 29 trade deadline. Stamkos has a full no-move clause, meaning he holds all the cards. Even if the Lightning wanted to trade him, the team would need his permission. So if Stamkos plans to stay..." February 12

  • If Lightning try to deal Stamkos, which teams are likely suitors?

    Tampa Tribune "The countdown clock is officially ticking. The NHL trade deadline is four weeks from today, and the Lightning will be the league’s most-watched team between now and the 3 p.m. deadline on Feb. 29. General manager Steve Yzerman won’t necessarily be the busiest executive among his peers, but any..." February 01

  • Stamkos won’t deny it — contract situation’s ‘in your head, for sure’

    Pro Hockey Talk "Steve Stamkos knew the questions about his contract situation were coming. So rather than dance around them, he attacked ’em straight on. “You’re human — it’s in your head, for sure,” Stamkos said during Friday’s All-Star Media Day. “You try not to let it affect your play on the ice. You..." January 29

  • Stamkos not open to being traded before deadline: 'I want to win with Tampa'

    ESPN "It was on this very stage a year ago when Steven Stamkos seemingly closed the door on testing the free-agent market. Speaking to a big media throng at the All-Star weekend in Columbus, Ohio, on Jan. 23, 2015, Stamkos made it clear he thought he'd sign a contract extension that summer -- one..." January 29

  • Steven Stamkos responds to contract offer report

    Sportsnet "Steven Stamkos is staying quiet in the face of a leak. The Tampa Bay Lighting captain is neither confirming nor denying a report by Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman that the Tampa Bay Lightning tabled an offer with an average annual salary of $8.5 million. “I’m not going to comment on that,”..." January 25

  • Lightning's Stamkos mum on reported contract offer

    Tampa Bay Times "C Steven Stamkos would neither confirm nor deny a report by Canada's Sportsnet TV network that the Lightning has offered him an eight-year, $68 million contract extension in recent weeks. "I'm not going to comment on that," Stamkos said Sunday at the Lightning's family carnival at Amalie Arena...." January 25

  • Lightning made Stamkos an offer at an average of $8.5M a season

    The Score "Steve Yzerman's got a lot of work to do in Tampa Bay, but he knows his priorities. The Lightning general manager recently made a contract offer to pending unrestricted free agent Steven Stamkos that averaged $8.5 million per season, according to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman, speaking on..." January 24

  • Wild's Parise sympathetic to Stamkos' contract situation: 'It's not easy'

    Tampa Bay Times "The captain insisted he wanted to stay with the team that drafted him, the group he led to the Stanley Cup final. He admitted his contract situation was "in the back of my mind" during that final season of his deal. There were so many reasons he wanted to re-sign, but his first (and likely..." January 10

  • Stamkos after latest home loss: Lightning need to be 'more pissed off'

    The Score "Steven Stamkos has put on his captain's hat. The Tampa Bay Lightning star forward spoke out after Wednesday's 5-2 loss to the New York Rangers, a rematch of last June's Eastern Conference Finals in which his club came out on top. In his estimation, however, the team is a long way off from..." December 31

  • Stamkos: I want to stay with Lightning

    Tampa Bay Times "Captain Steven Stamkos wants to make one thing clear: The superstar center, in the final year of his current contract, wants to stay with the Lightning long-term, and believes an extension can still be worked out. Stamkos, 25, denies any rumored rift with coach Jon Cooper, and says both his..." December 20

  • 'Sign Stamkos' signs banned from Maple Leafs' arena

    The Score "The speculation about Tampa Bay Lighting forward Steven Stamkos possibly becoming a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs may have gone too far. A local Toronto radio station printed and distributed signs to fans prior to Tuesday's game between the Lightning and Maple Leafs that read "Sign..." December 16

  • Stamkos to Maple Leafs once absurd, now possible

    Sportsnet "In September, the idea of Steven Stamkos choosing to become a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs didn’t make a whole lot of sense, at least from a hockey perspective. The Tampa Bay Lightning were a very good NHL team. The Leafs were awful, with their biggest stars wearing suits, not..." December 15

  • Stamkos mired in longest goal drought since 2009

    The Score "There's not much to "like" about Steven Stamkos' numbers these days. The Tampa Bay Lightning superstar, who recently caused waves with a social media gaffe, failed to score in Saturday's loss to the Washington Capitals, extending a slump unseen since his sophomore season six years..." December 13

  • Bolts’ Stamkos remains center of attention, despite position

    Tampa Tribune "Following a recent victory in San Jose, Steven Stamkos seemed somewhat subdued. Following a loss the next night in Los Angeles the Lightning captain seemed frustrated, and was short when answering questions from reporters. The two-day display was a little out of character for the normally..." December 10

  • Steven Stamkos liked another tweet about him and the Maple Leafs

    CBS Sports "Tampa Bay Lightning forward Steven Stamkos has been very judicious with what he favorites (or now as it's called, likes) on Twitter. That's probably because one of the few times he favorited any tweet, it was a link to a story in The Hockey News about him becoming Toronto's LeBron and returning to..." December 09

  • Why the Lightning are better with Steven Stamkos on the wing

    ESPN "When chatting about Steven Stamkos’ most recent shift to the wing, Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper downplayed the move. Guys go back and forth all the time, he explained, and then added that minutes are more important to players than position. “If you ask anybody, they don’t care where..." December 08

  • Plenty of second guessing regarding Stamkos-Cooper relationship

    Toronto Sun "Steven Stamkos wants to regularly play centre. Will that be in Tampa? Until he puts pen to paper on an extension with the Lightning - and there is plenty of uncertainty if that will even happen - every comment, every move, every shift, fairly or unfairly, will be subject to scrutiny. Such..." December 07

  • Steven Stamkos not bothered by constant contract questions

    Yahoo! Sports "Steven Stamkos is not tired of being asked questions about his contract situation. The Tampa Bay Lightning forward, and pending unrestricted free agent, still doesn’t have a new deal with the team for the 2016-17 season and beyond. And he’s not fretting facing constant queries from all over the..." December 03

  • Stamkos contract saga getting eerie feel

    Tampa Bay Times "In mid June, two days after the Lightning's remarkable run to the Stanley Cup final ended, general manager Steve Yzerman was asked what his top priority was for the summer. "I would like to get Steven Stamkos signed to an extension," Yzerman said. "That's my No. 1 priority." Nearly six..." November 30

  • Stamkos doing "due diligence" on contract

    Tampa Bay Times "When it comes to the contract saga of Lightning captain Steven Stamkos, things have remained pretty quiet. Both sides have refrained from speaking publicly on the subject, with general manager Steve Yzerman always saying, "when there's announcement to make, we'll announce it." Stamkos, in the..." November 11

  • Lightning’s Drouin-Stamkos combo could form a dynamic 1-2 punch

    Tampa Tribune "Oh, such wondrous possibilities. The play-maker and the finisher. The passer and the sniper. Jonathan Drouin and Steven Stamkos. On paper, it’s a match made in hockey heaven. But the game is played on the ice, and that’s where the match has to be made. If it works, the duo can be..." September 26

  • Stamkos to Toronto? It’s not crazy talk

    Tampa Tribune "It’s crazy, but not that crazy. Lightning captain Steven Stamkos often finds himself smiling at the commotion that his contract status is causing in his home and native land. Oh, Canada. Relax. “You’ve just got to have fun with it,” Stamkos said Tuesday morning, before the Bolts’..." September 23

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    Joe Smith @TBTimes_JSmith

    #TBLightning owner Jeff Vinik said he's not worried about @RealStamkos91 contract, reiterates he's confident Yzerman can get it done

  • No new contract, but Stamkos ‘still the captain’ as Bolts report

    Tampa Tribune "The summer of Stamkos officially ended on Thursday with the opening of Lightning training camp. Only the heat is about to get turned up a bit more. As the defending Eastern Conference champions reported to Amalie Arena to start preparation for the 2015-16 season, Stamkos arrived without a..." September 18

  • Stamkos is so much more than a sniper

    TSN "The fury of the NHL rumour mill knows no limits, and the longer Steven Stamkos remains unsigned in Tampa Bay, the more we will hear about a potential move out of the Sunshine State. I think it’s far more likely than not that Stamkos ends up staying in Tampa Bay. It’s the ideal situation for his..." September 17

  • Stamkos returns, says contract extension talks in 'middle stages'

    Tampa Bay Times "After a couple of days of getting peppered with questions about his uncertain future, Lightning captain Steven Stamkos had a blast staying in the present Thursday morning. Stamkos, 25, was in his sanctuary, back on the ice in his first day at Tampa Bay's informal skates at the Ice Sports Forum...." September 13

  • Stamkos on Lightning contract talks: ‘Not necessarily all about money’

    Yahoo! Sports "It’s late in the afternoon, and Steven Stamkos has spent the day being asked in every way conceivable about his contract negotiations with the Tampa Bay Lightning. Which of course means we’ll ask him again. “And I’ll hit you with the same answer I’ve given everyone else,” he said, with a..." September 09

  • Steven Stamkos offers high praise for rookie Connor McDavid

    ESPN "Expectations are already high for Connor McDavid, the No. 1 overall pick in June's draft and the consensus best prospect since Sidney Crosby. Tampa Bay Lightning captain Steven Stamkos just raised them. Stamkos, who scored 43 goals last season in leading the Lightning to an Eastern..." September 08

  • Lightning preparing for all Stamkos possibilities

    Sportsnet "As the kids go back to school, the Toronto Blue Jays continue their David Price/Troy Tulowitzki joyride and hockey reporters shake off their summer hangovers, attention returns to some of the sport’s key storylines. And one of the biggest is Steven Stamkos. Tampa’s captain is an unrestricted..." September 08

  • Agent on Stamkos’ contract talks: ‘I don’t think we have any criteria on timing at this point’

    Pro Hockey Talk "The window for the Tampa Bay Lightning to begin contract extension talks with captain Steven Stamkos opened on July 1; however, the two sides have yet to start negotiations. As it stands, Stamkos has one year remaining on his five-year, $37.5 million deal, which will pay him $5.5 million next..." July 09

  • All eyes will be on Stamkos’ contract talks with Lightning

    Tampa Tribune "An underwhelming free-agent crop leaves little for the Lightning, or any of the other 29 teams for that matter, to eye any sort of big prize. So while Tampa Bay did re-sign pending free agents Andrej Sustr and Mike Angelidis to new deals on Tuesday, when the free-agency window opens, all eyes..." July 02

  • Steven Stamkos contract is top priority for Lightning this offseason

    CBS Sports "Even though they came up short in the 2015 Stanley Cup Final against the Chicago Blackhawks, losing the series in six games, the Tampa Bay Lightning established themselves as one of the top teams in the NHL this past season. And they are not going away. With a roster in the playoffs that..." June 17

  • Bolts brush off talk of ‘must-win’ Game 2

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Lightning aren’t biting. One day after a disappointing loss in the Stanley Cup Final opener, Tampa Bay faced the big question — after blowing a third-period lead and relinquishing home-ice advantage to Chicago, is Saturday’s Game 2 a must-win? The answer,..." June 04

  • Stamkos still searching for elusive playoff goal

    Sportsnet "Steven Stamkos is searching. Searching for something he’s always had. The struggle could be seen in the body language of the Tampa Bay Lightning captain during a Game 1 victory over Montreal on Friday night. The slumped shoulders, a stick occasionally slammed in frustration. "You just..." May 03

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    Joe Smith @TBTimes_JSmith

    Stamkos: "Obviously cause I'm not scoring people think I'm injured. That's not the case. I feel great."

  • If Stamkos doesn’t sign extension, talk again will run wild

    Tampa Tribune "Get ready for another round of the Summer of Stamkos. Three years ago, when Lightning captain Steven Stamkos was a restricted free agent, Stammergeddon was a trending topic on Twitter when he was on the open market and free to sign with any team. Yet even though the Lightning had the right..." March 09

  • Stamkos' plan is to re-sign with Lightning

    ESPN "Steven Stamkos gave his strongest indication yet that if all goes according to plan, he wants to stay with the Tampa Bay Lightning for a very long time. Fans in Toronto have been clamoring for Stamkos to return home as a Maple Leaf in the summer of 2016, when he’s an unrestricted free agent,..." January 24

  • Captain Stamkos taking charge of the Lightning

    Tampa Tribune "Steven Stamkos sat in his locker stall at TD Garden in Boston on Tuesday night, as he has many times in his career, and tried to describe another loss to the Bruins. But unlike the previous eight consecutive losses in Boston, Stamkos handled this one as the team captain. And the 24-year-old..." January 15

  • Stronger Stamkos to make preseason debut

    Tampa Tribune "The summer of strengthening for Steven Stamkos gets put to the test on Friday. Stamkos will make his preseason debut when Tampa Bay takes on the Dallas Stars at Amalie Arena. After utilizing the past five months to regain strength in his right leg, which was broken on Nov. 11 and required..." September 27

  • Lightning won't 'rush' Stamkos "Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos did not play in a scrimmage Sunday and is questionable to participate Monday, according to Erik Erlendsson of The Tampa Tribune. Lightning coach Jon Cooper said the plan is to take it easy with Stamkos, who broke his leg in a game against the Boston..." September 22

  • Twitter slip aside, Bolts' Stamkos has strong summer

    Tampa Tribune "As Steven Stamkos went about his business this summer, strengthening his surgically repaired broken leg, he sent the hockey world abuzz with the slip of a finger. While scrolling through his Twitter feed, the Lightning captain came across a story in The Hockey News about the possibility of..." September 05

  • On Steven Stamkos' Toronto temptation

    CBS Sports "Leave it to a promotional ball hockey event in late July to stir up one of the hottest discussions in hockey. If that isn't a true sign of it being the offseason, I don't know what is. Steven Stamkos' appearance at said event, held in Toronto, afforded media in attendance the opportunity to ask..." July 26

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    Louis Jean @LouisJean_TVA

    Steven Stamkos says he'll play tomorrow. #Lightning @NHL

  • Stamkos’ return helps give Bolts’ power play a new look

    Tampa Tribune "With Steven Stamkos once again perched inside the left circle, the Lightning power play has almost instantly transformed from fizzle to sizzle. Entering tonight’s game against the New York Islanders, Tampa Bay’s power play is on a 9-for-25 tear (36 percent) in the past seven games, registering..." March 27

  • First Bolts captain knows Steven Stamkos will excel with 'C'

    Fox Sports Florida "The thing about serving as a captain in the NHL is that nobody sets out to become one. Like leadership itself, the development is organic, and if the right combination of timing and chance allow, wearing the "C" stands as one of hockey's greatest honors. Paul Ysebaert, the Tampa Bay Lightning's..." March 18

  • Stamkos working to regain his touch

    Tampa Tribune "After almost four months away from the game, Steven Stamkos is hardly back to form after three games. Though returning to the ice and getting back into games brought Stamkos back into his natural environment, the game hardly feels completely natural at this point. “For me, a lot of it is..." March 13

  • Lightning name Stamkos captain

    The Score "With Martin St. Louis now a New York Ranger, it appears the Tampa Bay Lightning have selected the obvious choice to replace him as team captain. Stamkos, who is making his return to the lineup Thursday against the Buffalo Sabres after 45-game absence due to a broken tibia suffered in November,..." March 08

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    Steven Stamkos @RealStamkos91

    Just left the doctors office. Got the green light. See you tomorrow Bolts fans. Excited to be back !!

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    Damian Cristodero @LightningTimes

    Steven Stamkos, out 41 games with a broken right tibia, will not play on upcoming road trip. Shooting for March 6 return at home vs. Sabres.