Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Lightning and Stamkos Agree On Five Year Deal

The long wait for Tampa Bay Lightning fans is over. Steven Stamkos has signed with the Lightning for the next five years, where he will make on average, $7.5 million a year.

Stamkos ranked fifth in the league last season with 95 points, and was second in the league with a total of 45 goals. He added 13 points in 18 post season games where the Lighting came up short losing to the Boston Bruins in game seven of the Eastern Conference Finals.

Stamkos, just 21 years old, was selected first overall by the Lightning in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft and has only missed three games, all in his rookie season. In just three seasons Stamkos has racked up 232 points with 119 lamp lighters, and 113 helpers.

Stats like those solidify the money that Stamkos will be receiving over the next five year. Many fans were stressing over how long the negotiations took, thinking that Stamkos would get an offer sheet from another team and be playing in another uniform next season. That was never the case, Tampa Bay Bay GM, Steve Yzerman would  have never let Stamkos leave Florida and would have matched any offer given to Stamkos.

The two sides took their time in working out a good deal for both parties. They eventually came to a deal that worked for both, especially the Lighting who will be paying Stamkos less than other high profile stars signed after their entry level contracts. Taking only a cap hit of $7.5 million a year.

Needless to say the Lightning fan base can now breathe, knowing that they will be able to watch their star forward for another five seasons. Now all focus will shift towards the Los Angeles Kings and their efforts to lock up Drew Doughty, who was selected right after Stamkos three years ago and has become one of the biggest defense man in the league.

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