Stamkos on Twitter heart: 'It doesn't look great'
Lightning captain Steven Stamkos knew the questions were coming.
Stamkos found himself engulfed by TV cameras and reporters after Thursday's morning skate, including one from Canada's TSN. Stamkos trended world-wide on Twitter Wednesday when he inadvertantly "liked" a TSN video asking if the Maple Leafs should pursue the Markham, Ontario native should he become a free agent this summer. Stamkos is in the final year of his current contract with Tampa Bay, his uncertain status the talk of the hockey world.
Stamkos, who later unliked the tweet, reiterated today that it was an accident, but recognized that being in "the spotlight," he has to be careful.
"People are going to talk about stuff, I’m not too worried about that," Stamkos said. "I guess when you are in the spotlight, and lots of people have done things accidentally. It probably doesn’t look great. But I’m telling you guys that it was an accident and hopefully this is the last time I have to answer questions about Twitter."
Coach Jon Cooper insists that any outside talk on Stamkos won't be a distraction to his team.
"What happens in (the media’s) position, that’s your job when you follow a team every day for nine months," Cooper said. "There are going to be stories to write about every month, and naturally this is a story to write about. But when we are working on our 5-on-3 (power play), it’s not (Tyler Johnson) turning to Stammer and saying, ‘What’s up with your contract; let’s talk about that right now.’ That never goes on.
"Whatever happens outside and in the media, that’s for you guys to assume or speculate. But with our team and inside our locker room, it has no affect."