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.
TAMPA — When Canada's Sportsnet reported Saturday that the Lightning had offered captain Steven Stamkos an eight-year, $68 million deal, a popular reaction from fans and pundits was, "That's it?"
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.
TAMPA — Captain Steven Stamkos wants to make one thing clear:
The Steven Stamkos silly season continues.
In mid June, two days after the Lightning's remarkable run to the Stanley Cup final ended, general manager Steve Yzerman was asked what his top priority was for the summer.
TAMPA — You can count on one hand the number of players in the world who can score a goal like Steven Stamkos did in Saturday's second period.
Okay, maybe two fingers.
TAMPA — When you're an elite goal scorer like C Steven Stamkos, who do you ask for pointers?
A Hall of Famer, of course.
Short shift w/D Braydon Coburn
Favorite place in Tampa: We've been to all the parks. As a family, we really enjoy going to the Children's Museum, the zoo and the aquarium. Those are big hits for us.
The star forward, one of the league's elite scorers, entered the final year of his contract with uncertainty over whether he'd sign an extension.
TAMPA — Steven Stamkos was as good as gone.