Stamkos still optimistic on getting contract extension done
Lightning star center Steven Stamkos said Thursday that while there's no updates in his contract talks with the team, he still remains optimistic something will get done.
Stamkos, 21, had a league-best 96 goals the past two seasons, including 45 last season. His expiring three-year, entry-level contract paid a base salary of $875,000. It is expected that 2008's No. 1 overall draft choice will sign for about $7 million a season.
Stamkos, who just got back from a week-long vacation in Mexico, took batting practice with the Rays Thursday - along with teammates Mike Smith, Teddy Purcell and Nate Thompson - but said he plans to head tommorrow to Toronto, where his agents are based.
"It's going to take care of itself, it's not something I'm losing sleep over," Stamkos said. "Right now, I'm just focused on trying to get back into a training routine when I get back. It's been nice to relax, a couple weeks off. Right now we're just having some fun and tommorrow get back to business."
Smith also said that while there's no updates with his contract, he is still hoping to get a deal done, as does Purcell, who will be a restricted free agent.
"They're still talking and stuff and hopefully something will get done pretty soon," Purcell said. "Obviously I want to be back here, it was a good fit for me. Hopefully that will take care of itself."