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Negotiations begin on contract extension for Tampa Bay Lightning's Steven Stamkos

PHILADELPHIA — The Lightning and representatives for Steven Stamkos formally opened negotiations on a contract extension for the star center.

Stamkos' agent, Mark Guy, on Thursday wrote in a text message that he; Don Meehan, who runs the agency that represents Stamkos; and general manager Steve Yzerman met last week after the GM meetings in Toronto.

"It was a good meeting to start the process," Guy wrote.

Stamkos, 20, the league leader in goals and points, is in the final year of a three-year, entry-level contract that pays $875,000 a season. A multiyear deal for between $5 million and $7 million a season is expected.

"He's our No. 1 priority," Yzerman said. "Coming out of the meeting, both sides thought it was important to do this quietly. We want Steven to play hockey with no distractions."

Damian Cristodero, Times staff writer

Negotiations begin on contract extension for Tampa Bay Lightning's Steven Stamkos 11/18/10 [Last modified: Friday, November 19, 2010 9:24am]
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