12:19 PM EDT, Wed June 29, 2016
Raw Charge 19 mins ago

The Stamkos Circus is in town as NHL free agency inches closer

Here’s what we know as free agency inches closer. It’s difficult not to get lost in the Sea of Steven Stamkos. (It’s okay if you have though. Take a deep breath. We’ll get through this together.) There seems to be new developments (or no new news) and speculation and ranking of teams every hour. It doesn’t help that everyone’s waiting for the Stamkos domino (Stamino?) to fall: Islanders, Nashville, Tampa Bay, Montreal...among the many with interest in Andrew Ladd. When Stamkos decision is made the next wave hits.— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) June 29, 2016 At first, the...
Stanley Cup of Chowder 22 mins ago

At What Cost

Rumors, rumors... how much would the Bruins have to pay to land one of the NHL's Most Wanted? Bruins news surrounds available NHL level talent, and the steep asking prices. Bringing Steven Stamkos would cost the Bruins both David Krejci and lots of moolah and yes, it would be worth it- here’s why. WEEI The likelihood of Stamkos landing in Boston? Slim. Bruins Daily That "youth movement" that the Bruins seem to have been dreading is upon them, and they had best embrace it. Today’s Slapshot Don’t let nostalgia over Milan Lucic cloud your judgement, he has been economically...
Raw Charge 2 hours ago

Speculative chatter: Will Steven Stamkos stay or will he go?

We break down how the Lightning will fare without their captain if he decides to bolt. Occasionally the Raw Charge staff will get together and have a roundtable discussion about a topic concerning the Lightning or hockey in general. We first chatted about the course of action when it comes to Matt Carle, and now we’re onto the $10 million-dollar question: Steven Stamkos. Wait, that’s not a question. Oh well. waffleboardsave: Well, here we are, the week of free agency, which in a couple of days. All eyes have been/are/will continue to be on our guy. Is it as easy as saying the Bolts...
Tampa Bay Times 2 hours ago

Lightning reportedly interested in Andrew Ladd

Lightning GM Steve Yzerman has said they had to go forward with some decisions and plans, even as the wait continues on whether captain Steven Stamkos will re-sign.
Winging It In Motown 4 hours ago

2016 NHL Free Agency: Eric Staal: Can He Regain His Past Greatness?

He hasn't been mentioned a lot, but Eric Staal could be a decent Plan B The Red Wings are hot in their pursuit of Steven Stamkos. But is there a viable backup plan in place should Detroit be unable to land the highly coveted star? A name that hasn't been mentioned a lot could be a guy to provide a short-term solution for the Wings should Stamkos decide to sign somewhere else. Vitals Position: Center Height/Weight: 6'4" / 205 Lbs Born: October 29, 1984 (Age 31) Hometown: Thunder Bay, ON Shoots: Left Statistics Why Should the Wings consider Staal? To set the record straight...
Grand Rapids Press 6 hours ago

Where's Steven Stamkos' best fit? Comparing the Red Wings to other suitors

Detroit will be among the many teams pursuing Stamkos when free agency opens.
Grand Rapids Press 17 hours ago
NHL free agent rumors: Red Wings among five teams that would be best fit for Steven Stamkos

NHL free agent rumors: Red Wings among five teams that would be best fit for Steven Stamkos

Signing with the Red Wings would allow Stamkos to join a group of forwards that include youngster Dylan Larkin and captain Henrik Zetterberg.
Artic Ice Hockey 19 hours ago

AIH Superfans Episode 36: 2016 NHL Draft Review

The AIH Superfans had some 2016 NHL Draft thoughts to get off their chests, so what better way to do it than in podcast format! And for those of you who think the thoughts will be entirely negative, I would argue that they were actually well-balanced. Come and listen for yourself! While most of the discussion was about the draft, we also talked about the upcoming NHL Free Agency period and possible landing spots for Steven Stamkos. SPOILER ALERT: Winnipeg isn't one of them. Here's how you can listen to the show! 1. Be sure to visit our page on PodOmatic. 2. Download the .mp3 file...
PensBurgh Jun 28, 2016

Pens Points: Matt Cullen Wants to Return, But Cap Is Tight

Pens don't qualify Justin Schultz, re-sign Tim Erixon. Good morning one and all, Lots of news as we move past the draft and RFA offer window toward free agency that opens on Friday. The biggest story will be the final landing spot for Steven Stamkos. Most expect a sign-and-trade. [Sportsnet] As of midnight last night, all teams are free to negotiate offer sheets with RFAs, and there are many good ones this year. Here are the rules and compensation. [Colligan Hockey] The only player the Penguins qualified was Dominik Uher. They also signed Tim Erixon to a 1-year, 2-way deal. No offers for...
Tampa Bay Times Jun 28, 2016

Why a sign and trade with Steven Stamkos is possible

The Steven Stamkos Sweeptakes could be over before Friday's opening of free agency, whether he re-signs with the Lightning or not.
Winging It In Motown Jun 28, 2016

Steven Stamkos: How Much of an Upgrade Would He Be for the Red Wings?

In case you haven't heard from literally every media outlet in hockey, Steven Stamkos is probably going to test unrestricted free agency. The Lightning can't keep Stamkos and expect to fit all of their young talent under the salary cap next offseason. Steve Yzerman knows this and also recognizes that sacrificing two or three of his superb young players just to keep Stamkos is a losing strategy. To quote Bo Schembechler, "No man is more important than The Team." Yzerman's keeping his team intact, even if it means letting Stamkos hit free agency. Anyway, what can Steven Stamkos realistically...
Blueshirt Banter Jun 28, 2016

Thomas Vanek Would Be A Good, Cheap Solution For The New York Rangers

In what’s expected to be a wild and crazy week for Jeff Gorton and the New York Rangers, there’s going to a lot of moving parts that will need to be analyzed. One of those things is whether or not the Rangers can fit Steven Stamkos under the cap — since they’re reportedly willing to give him a massive offer come July 1st. That move would have to come with a series of other moves (dare we dream?), but it needs to be repeated that Stamkos won’t actually fix anything if most of last year’s defense is churned out there with him. Here’s the things Stamkos fixes right away:...
Grand Rapids Press Jun 28, 2016
Ask Ansar: Would Steven Stamkos be worth the price for Red Wings?

Ask Ansar: Would Steven Stamkos be worth the price for Red Wings?

Should the team look instead at lower-priced options like Kyle Okposo?
Stanley Cup of Chowder Jun 28, 2016

Loose Ends

The Bruins toss out a couple of qualifying offers RFAs Brian Ferlin & Chris Casto received qualifying offers from #NHLBruins. Ben Sexton did not. He'll be UFA as of 7/1. — Mark Divver (@MarkDivver) June 27, 2016 The biggest problem with the Bruins signing Stamkos is that I don't know if my heart could take someone wearing #91 again. — Dan Ryan (@bruinshockeynow) June 27, 2016 I was standing beside the draft floor on Friday. A man walked up to me, handed me this, and left. @NHLhistorygirl pic.twitter.com/DN1cIPW3XI — Steve Dangle Glynn (@Steve_Dangle) June 27, 2016
Grand Rapids Press Jun 27, 2016
NHL free agent rumors: Toronto Maple Leafs could be favorites to land Steven Stamkos

NHL free agent rumors: Toronto Maple Leafs could be favorites to land Steven Stamkos

Stamkos could command $10 million per season or more if he hits the open market this week.

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