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There will be a lot of ink spilled in both print and digitally about what will happen with Steven Stamkos and the Tampa Bay Lightning this year, and why not? Should Stamkos hit the open market he would be one of the biggest players to do so in nearly a decade. Stamkos is a dynamic player who in his 492 career games has scored 276 goals and 222 assists for 498 points while adding an additional 15 goals and 20 assists for 35 points in 48 playoff games. He has also captured 2 goal scoring titles in his career thus far as well. So whatĄ¯s the issue? Stamkos is entering the final year of his contract on a team that seems primed to challenge for the Stanley Cup for its second year in a row.Obviously many teams would love to have this problem of being able to contend for the Stanley Cup with a player who is one of the greatest players in the NHL today that and who is just moving into his prime. The issue here of course is money with Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane both cashing in with $10.5 M AAV long term deals the price point for Stamkos seems already set. The question now is if the Lightning and their ownership are ready to step up to the plate or could Steven Stamkos end up in another sweater and if so how soon?
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This isnĄ¯t as simple for the Lightning as it may seem.While it seems the only logical answer for the Lightning is to smash the piggy bank and give Stamkos whatever he wants it isnĄ¯t that simple. According to GeneralFanager.com the Lightning are slightly over the salary cap right now, and Nikita Kucharov, Vladislav Namestnikov and Cedric Paquette all going to be looking for raises from their deals deals that are all worth less than $1 M a piece. Not to mention the contracts of both standout defenceman Victor Hedman and top five goaltender Ben Bishop will be coming due after next season. Clearly, the cap situation is going to get complicated. Also there is nothing in the pipeline that should see an influx of money to increase the Cap aside from possible next summers World Cup of Hockey. Re-upping Stamkos at a new league record will cripple the Lightnings ability to build around him significantly.Obviously if the Lightning chose to trade Steven Stamkos there would definitely be a lot of interest he is an elite player who is only 25 years old with no real reputation issues. The price the Lightning could command for Stamkos between draft picks, prospects and NHL ready young players would be huge. The problem here of course is that you are probably throwing away the season if you do it before or at the trade deadline as the Lightning are in my opinion primed to be serious contenders for the Stanley Cup.
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Which brings us to option three and something that would be giant gamble, if the Lightning canĄ¯t get a deal done during the season but think they still have a chance of signing him during the off season they could put all their chips in for a run at the cup and risk walking away with nothing. Personally I donĄ¯t see it coming to this as the Lightning should be able to get a deal done one way or the other but you have to admit this could be a very tempting gamble for Lightning General Manager Steve Yzerman if he canĄ¯t get a deal done based on his roster.Other Lightning players more expendable?Another other option here is moving another big player or letting them walk as a free agent. The difficulty is that the targets IĄ¯d look at all have no movement clauses. But still, IĄ¯d rather have Stamkos at $10 than Valtteri Filppula at $5 M or Ryan Callahan at $5.8 M long term. My guess at the cap casualty would be Ben Bishop. I think itĄ¯s been proven time and time again that elite goaltending does not guarantee a Stanley Cup and as long as the blood clots are not a long term issue Andrei Vasilevskiy should be able to take over the number one spot. ItĄ¯s true that he will be due some money after next season, but it shouldnĄ¯t be the nearly $6 M that Bishop is making now. As a Lightning fan IĄ¯d be concerned about Bishops health as his injuries the past two playoffs have hurt the Lightning a ton.Can you go home again?Thanks to the Toronto media there will be no shortage of rumors, editorials and blogs about how Stamkos will play for the Toronto Maple Leafs next year. IĄ¯m not sold that this will happen but Toronto does make a lot of sense, as they have the cap space, the brain trust in the front office and coaching should be very appealing to any free agents. The question is: If this comes down to a trade, is Toronto willing to part with a player like Mitch Marner to get Steven Stamkos? So until the season starts, enjoy the speculation and seeing a lot of stuff like thisĄ.