Steven Stamkos re-signs with Lightning for 8 years, $68M

Stamkos likely turned down the Sabres because of his window for being on a viable contender.

  • Stamkos had been talking with other teams through a five-day interview window.
  • All along, captain Steven Stamkos maintained he wanted to re-sign with the Lightning.
  • Stamkos did just that, and could finish his career in Tampa Bay.
  • Yzerman said Stamkos’ choice to accept their offer could help them remain competitive and keep the “necessary pieces.”
  • Stamkos led the team with 36 goals last season, having scored 40 or more in four other seasons.

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@tanyarezak: “Stamkos likely turned down the Sabres because of his window for being on a viable contender.”


TAMPAAll along, captain Steven Stamkos maintained he wanted to re-sign with the Lightning. General manager Steve Yzerman always hoped to keep the face of his franchise. Yet there were doubts, even with Yzerman, especially with Stamkos, 26, just two days away from being the most coveted unrestricted free agent in years, available to higher bidders.


Steven Stamkos re-signs with Lightning for 8 years, $68M

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