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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. Decision could come this week on Steven Stamkos

    Lightning Strikes

    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.
  2. Steven Stamkos won't play in Lightning-Penguins Game 2; unclear when he'll return

    Lightning Strikes

    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]
  3. Lightning's Stamkos returns to ice, but … (w/video)

    Lightning Strikes

    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
  4. Jones: Will playoffs affect Steven Stamkos' contract situation?

    Lightning Strikes

    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.
  5. Steven Stamkos not giving up on return during playoffs

    Lightning Strikes

    Stamkos gets, gives well wishes

    With the playoffs set to begin tonight, the Lightning will be missing captain and leading scorer Steven Stamkos.

  6. Steven Stamkos has successful surgery on blood clot

    Lightning Strikes

    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).
  7. Steven Stamkos still at center of Lightning's playoff hopes

    Lightning Strikes

    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).
  8. Steve Yzerman: Lightning won't trade Steven Stamkos

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — Lightning captain Steven Stamkos isn't going anywhere.

    Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos (91) raises his stick as he skates onto the ice while being named the number two star of the game after a come back 4 to 3 OT win against the Nashville Predators at the Amalie Arena in Tampa Friday evening (02/12/16). DIRK SHADD   |   Times  

  9. Jones: Yzerman tamps down Stamkos fire — for now

    Lightning Strikes

    This is a first. Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman put out a statement on Monday announcing something that is not going to happen.

    We have no idea where Steven Stamkos is going to play next year. But, thanks to Monday's statement, we do know where he is playing next month, Tom Jones writes. [DIRK SHADD | Times]
  10. Tax tricks: How an $8.5M Lightning contract keeping Steven Stamkos in Tampa is better than $10.5M to leave

    Lightning Strikes

    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?"

    The next deal for Steven Stamkos, who turns 26 on Feb. 7, is likely to cover most of his prime years.