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Steven Stamkos

Lightning center

Lightning center

Steven Stamkos

Steven Stamkos is a center for the Tampa Bay Lightning. The first overall pick in the 2008 draft, he has twice (2009-10, 2011-12) won the Rocket Richard Trophy as the NHL's leading goal-scorer. In 2011-12, he became the 20th player in league history to score 60 goals in a season. A finalist for the MVP award, his 97 points were second in the league to Pittsburgh's Evgeni Malkin. Feared for his lethal one-timer, Stamkos made All-Star Game appearances during the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons.

  1. Jones: Steven Stamkos and Kevin Durant both made the right choices

    Lightning Strikes
    He has spent the past eight seasons in one city, helping to turn an awful team into a really good one.
    Kevin Durant's stunning decision to leave Oklahoma City for Golden State only reminds us just how unusual it was for Steven Stamkos to stay in Tampa Bay.  [DIRK SHADD | Times; AP]
  2. Sign and trade also makes sense for Lightning, Steven Stamkos

    Lightning Strikes
    TAMPA — The Steven Stamkos Sweepstakes could be over before Friday's noon opening of unrestricted free agency, whether he re-signs with the Lightning or not.
    Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos (91) crosses the crease guarded by Montreal Canadiens goalie Mike Condon (39) as he surges for the puck during first period action at the Amalie Arena in Tampa Thursday evening (03/31/16).
  3. Teams lining up to make pitch to Steven Stamkos

    Lightning Strikes
    BUFFALO, N.Y.Sabres coach Dan Bylsma was walking on the NHL draft floor at the Niagara Center on Saturday morning when some young Buffalo fans called him over.
    Lightning captain Steven Stamkos, center, can be a free agent on Friday. “It’s going to be a stiff competition,” Sabres general manager Tim Murray said of teams pursuing Stamkos’ services.
  4. Decision could come this week on Steven Stamkos

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    PITTSBURGH — For weeks, captain Steven Stamkos has been in a "holding pattern," feeling good enough to play but not knowing if he'd get the chance.
    Lightning center Steven Stamkos has missed the entire playoffs recovering after surgery to treat thoracic outlet syndrome.
  5. Steven Stamkos won't play in Lightning-Penguins Game 2; unclear when he'll return

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    Lightning captain Steven Stamkos isn't one for suspense, or even a little gamesmanship.
    Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos talks with reporters at his stall in the locker room after the morning skate at Console Energy Center in Pittsburgh Monday morning. [DIRK SHADD   |   Times]
  6. Lightning's Stamkos returns to ice, but … (w/video)

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    TAMPA — There he was. On the ice. Skating. At practice.
    Steven Stamkos returned to the ice April 26, 2016 as the Lightning practiced to face the New York Islanders in the playoffs. Stamkos still is several weeks from returning after surgery to remove a blood clot. Times photo -- Joe Smith
  7. Jones: Will playoffs affect Steven Stamkos' contract situation?

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    There was a Steven Stamkos sighting the other night.
    After blood clot surgery, Steven Stamkos isn’t expected to be back unless the Lightning makes a deep playoff run — if even then.
  8. Steven Stamkos not giving up on return during playoffs

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    Stamkos gets, gives well wishesWith the playoffs set to begin tonight, the Lightning will be missing captain and leading scorer Steven Stamkos.
  9. Steven Stamkos has successful surgery on blood clot

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    NEW YORK — Lightning captain Steven Stamkos had successful two-hour surgery Monday at Tampa General Hospital to remove a blood clot from his right collarbone area.
    Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos (91) skates off as the Bolts are shutout by the Montreal Canadiens with a final score of 3 to 0 at the Amalie Arena in Tampa Thursday evening (03/31/16).
  10. Steven Stamkos still at center of Lightning's playoff hopes

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    TAMPA — On Monday morning, just like every game-day morning for the Lightning, a mob armed with cameras, microphones, tape recorders and notebooks gathered around the locker of captain Steven Stamkos.
    Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos (91) leaves Toronto Maple Leafs center Tyler Bozak (42) on the ice as he breaks towards the net during first period at the Amalie Arena in Tampa Monday evening (03/28/16).