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2262616 2038-01-18 05:00:00.0 UTC 2038-01-18T00:00:00.000-05:00 2016-01-24 23:39:31.0 UTC 2016-01-24T18:39:31.000-05:00 lightnings-stamkos-mum-on-reported-contract-offer published 2016-01-25 03:00:27.0 UTC 2016-01-24T22:00:27.000-05:00 sports/hockey/lightning DTI 141478695 TAMPA — 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. "We haven't talked about that stuff in the media all season long, and I don't know how they get a hold of stuff like that. All the things that we've talked about, it's staying internally, and it'll continue to be that way." But Stamkos, in the final year of his current deal, reiterated he hopes to stay with Tampa Bay for a long time. He has said communication between his agents at Newport Sports and the Lightning has remained open and negotiations are not at a stalemate. Neither GM Steve Yzerman nor Stamkos' agents had commented on the Saturday report. The $8.5 million annual average of the offer is believed to be an initial offer. It would be $1 million more than what Stamkos is making this season. Stamkos spent Sunday playing bubble hockey and pingpong with Lightning fans, many of whom were wearing his No. 91 jersey. The second annual carnival sold out as 3,200 fans participated in 40 interactive games and activities. Proceeds benefit local nonprofit groups. "I've been in a few organizations, and I've never had anything like this," D Anton Stralman said. That culture on and off the ice created by owner Jeff Vinik is one reason Stamkos loves playing here. "It's fantastic," Stamkos said. "When Mr. Vinik bought the team, this was the vision that he had, to have this support of the community and fans like we do." Pulling bishop: G Ben Bishop was pulled Saturday for the first time this season, relieved by Andrei Vasilevskiy to open the third period against the Panthers after allowing four goals on 30 shots. But coach Jon Cooper made it clear the 5-2 loss wasn't on Bishop, who didn't get much help in front of him in a four-goal second period, including a couple of bad bounces. "You're not going to go a full season without having one or two periods like that in a year," Cooper said. "Those aren't on 'Bish.' I thought he was really good. Just some of them are tough breaks." If Bishop, the team MVP this season and a first-time All-Star, hadn't stopped two breakaways in the second period, the score could have been worse. One goal he allowed bounced in off D Victor Hedman's skate. "I felt all right in there," Bishop said. "Back-to-back lucky bounces (for Florida). It could have easily been 2-0 going into the third. But that's what happens sometimes." QUICK HOOK: Cooper doesn't usually pull his goalie for an extra attacker with 10 minutes left in a game. "Not often," he said. But with the Lightning down 4-1 Saturday, Cooper yanked Vasilevskiy, hoping to start a rally. "You don't plan on pulling a goalie that early. You hope you never have to do that," Cooper said. "But we're trying to win the hockey game." SCHEDULE: The team is scheduled to practice in Brandon at 10:30 a.m. today. Contact Joe Smith at joesmith@tampabay.com. Follow @TBTimes_JSmith. By Joe Smith, Times Staff Writer Sports, Hockey, Lightning, breaking-news, top-news, latest sports, steven stamkos Lightning's Stamkos mum on reported contract offer By Joe Smith 4STC Main Stamkos mum on reported $68M contract offer <p><a href="http://www.tampabay.com/sports/hockey/lightning/status-quo-on-drouin-front/2262559" target="_blank" ><h3>STAMKOS OFFERED $8.5M AVERAGE ANNUAL DEAL: Canada's Sportsnet TV network says the contract offer was made recently.</h3></a></p><p><a href="http://www.tampabay.com/sports/hockey/lightning/" target="_blank" ><h3>MORE LIGHTNING: Our Lightning page serves all your needs, from breaking news to live game commentary.</h3></a></p> External input 5 sp_litenotes012516 Stamkos mum on reported $68M contract offer 2016-01-25 05:00:00.0 UTC 2016-01-25T00:00:00.000-05:00 1 Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos (91) works to play the puck against the Chicago Blackhawks during third period action at the Amalie Arena in Tampa Thursday evening (01/21/16). /resources/images/dti/2016/01/500340852_16593395.jpg DIRK SHADD | Times&#10; /resources/images/dti/rendered/2016/01/500340852_16593395_4col.jpg/resources/images/dti/rendered/2016/01/500340852_16593395_8col.jpg Tampa Bay Lightning, Steven Stamkos, Steven Stamkos contract extension, Steve Stamkos contract offer, Steve Yzerman, Newport Sports, Anton Stralman, Lightning Family Carnival, Jon Cooper, Florida Panthers, Ben Bishop, Steven Stamkos trade true templatedata/tampabaytimes/StaffArticle/data/2016/01/24/141478695-lightnings-stamkos-mum-on-reported-contract-offer StaffArticle 2016-01-24 23:39:31.0 UTC 2016-01-24T18:39:31.000-05:00 sports,hockeyHockeyTAMPA — 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.Tampa Bay Lightning, Steven Stamkos, Steven Stamkos contract extension, Steve Stamkos contract offer, Steve Yzerman, Newport Sports, Anton Stralman, Lightning Family Carnival, Jon Cooper, Florida Panthers, Ben Bishop, Steven Stamkos tradeJoe Smith 380299 2038-01-18 05:00:00.0 UTC 2038-01-18T00:00:00.000-05:00 2012-10-25 12:35:33.0 UTC 2012-10-25T08:35:33.000-04:00 joe-smith published Joe Smith <p>Joe Smith became the Tampa Bay Lightning beat writer for the <i>Tampa Bay</i> <i>Times</i><i> </i>in 2014. He spent the previous six years splitting time covering the Rays, Bucs and Lightning He joined the <i>Times</i> in 2006 after spending two years with the<i> Modesto Bee</i> in California, where he did everything from covering the Single-A Modesto Nuts minor league baseball team and high school football to tackling first-person stories on whitewater rafting and adventure racing. Smith grew up in the Detroit suburbs and attended the University of Michigan, where he covered the football, basketball and hockey teams for the<i> Michigan Daily</i>. He freelanced for the Associated Press and <i>Detroit Free Press</i> before securing internships at <i>Crain's Detroit Business</i> and the <i>Raleigh News </i><i>& Observer</i>. An avid runner, Smith loves traveling, bowling and singing karaoke.</p> Times Staff Writer writers DTI 33745475 Joe Smith became the Tampa Bay Lightning beat writer for the Tampa Bay Times in 2014. He spent the previous six years splitting time covering the Rays, Bucs and Lightning He joined the Times in 2006 after spending two years with the Modesto Bee in California, where he did everything from covering the Single-A Modesto Nuts minor league baseball team and high school football to tackling first-person stories on whitewater rafting and adventure racing. Smith grew up in the Detroit suburbs and attended the University of Michigan, where he covered the football, basketball and hockey teams for the Michigan Daily. He freelanced for the Associated Press and Detroit Free Press before securing internships at Crain's Detroit Business and the Raleigh News & Observer. An avid runner, Smith loves traveling, bowling and singing karaoke. <p>Phone: (813) 310 9024</p><p>Email: <a href="mailto:joesmith@tampabay.com ">joesmith@tampabay.com</a> </p><p>Blogs: </p><p><a href="http://tampabay.com/blogs/lightning/">Lightning Strikes</a></p> 1 (St. Petersburg 4/4/2007)&#10;Facebook picture of Joe Smith.&#10;(John Pendygraft | TIMES) /resources/images/dti/2012/10/Smith_Joe_wp.jpg true templatedata/tampabaytimes/AuthorProfile/data/33745475-joe-smith AuthorProfile 2012-10-25 12:35:33.0 UTC 2012-10-25T08:35:33.000-04:00 <span style="display:none;" class="author vcard"><span class="fn">JOE SMITH</span></span><span style="display:none;" class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">Tampa Bay Times</span></span><a rel="item-license" href="/universal/user_agreement.shtml">&#169; 2016 Tampa Bay Times</a><br /><br />Times Staff Writer 2281625 2016-06-14 18:06:30.0 UTC 2 Months Ago rick-bowness-signs-contract-extension-with-lightning sports/hockey/lightning Rick Bowness signs contract extension with Lightning StaffArticle 2283462 2016-06-28 22:45:56.0 UTC 2 Months Ago sign-and-trade-also-makes-sense-for-lightning-steven-stamkos sports/hockey/lightning Sign and trade also makes sense for Lightning, Steven Stamkos StaffArticle 2283114 2016-06-25 02:42:24.0 UTC 2 Months Ago ben-bishop-stays-put-with-lightning-through-draft-day-full-of-rumors sports/hockey/lightning Ben Bishop stays put with Lightning but Stamkos' status grows shakier StaffArticle <p>TAMPA — C <b>Steven Stamkos</b> 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.</p> <p>&quot;I'm not going to comment on that,&quot; Stamkos said Sunday at the Lightning's family carnival at Amalie Arena. &quot;We haven't talked about that stuff in the media all season long, and I don't know how they get a hold of stuff like that. All the things that we've talked about, it's staying internally, and it'll continue to be that way.&quot;</p> <p>But Stamkos, in the final year of his current deal, reiterated he hopes to stay with Tampa Bay for a long time. He has said communication between his agents at Newport Sports and the Lightning has remained open and negotiations are not at a stalemate. </p> <p>Neither GM <b>Steve Yzerman</b> nor Stamkos' agents had commented on the Saturday report.</p> <p>The $8.5 million annual average of the offer is believed to be an initial offer. It would be $1 million more than what Stamkos is making this season. </p> <p>Stamkos spent Sunday playing bubble hockey and pingpong with Lightning fans, many of whom were wearing his No. 91 jersey. The second annual carnival sold out as 3,200 fans participated in 40 interactive games and activities. Proceeds benefit local nonprofit groups.</p> <p>&quot;I've been in a few organizations, and I've never had anything like this,&quot; D <b>Anton Stralman</b> said.</p> <p>That culture on and off the ice created by owner<b> Jeff Vinik</b> is one reason Stamkos loves playing here.</p> <p>&quot;It's fantastic,&quot; Stamkos said. &quot;When Mr. Vinik bought the team, this was the vision that he had, to have this support of the community and fans like we do.&quot;</p> <p>Pulling bishop: G <b>Ben Bishop </b>was pulled Saturday for the first time this season, relieved by Andrei Vasilevskiy to open the third period against the Panthers after allowing four goals on 30 shots. But coach<b> Jon Cooper </b>made it clear the 5-2 loss wasn't on Bishop, who didn't get much help in front of him in a four-goal second period, including a couple of bad bounces.</p> <p>&quot;You're not going to go a full season without having one or two periods like that in a year,&quot; Cooper said. &quot;Those aren't on 'Bish.' I thought he was really good. Just some of them are tough breaks.&quot;</p> <p>If Bishop, the team MVP this season and a first-time All-Star, hadn't stopped two breakaways in the second period, the score could have been worse. One goal he allowed bounced in off D <b>Vic</b><b>tor Hedman</b>'s skate.</p> <p>&quot;I felt all right in there,&quot; Bishop said. &quot;Back-to-back lucky bounces (for Florida). It could have easily been 2-0 going into the third. But that's what happens sometimes.&quot;</p> <p><b>QUICK HOOK:</b> Cooper doesn't usually pull his goalie for an extra attacker with 10 minutes left in a game. &quot;Not often,&quot; he said.</p> <p>But with the Lightning down 4-1 Saturday, Cooper yanked Vasilevskiy, hoping to start a rally.</p> <p>&quot;You don't plan on pulling a goalie that early. You hope you never have to do that,&quot; Cooper said. &quot;But we're trying to win the hockey game.&quot;</p> <p><b>SCHEDULE:</b> The team is scheduled to practice in Brandon at 10:30 a.m. today.</p> <p><i>Contact Joe Smith at </i><i>joesmith@tampabay.com.</i><i> Follow </i><i>@TBTimes_JSmith.</i></p>trueruntime2016-08-30 05:41:54