Steven Stamkos C TB 2 months ago

Signing Stamkos, who is a free agent after next season, is general manager Steve Yzerman's "No. 1 priority". The team can sign him as early as July 1,

He's in the final year of a five-year, $37.5 million deal and could be looking at a deal like the eight-year, $84 million deals given to the Chicago stars Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane last summer. Watch for the two sides to come to a deal early in July; otherwise, the situation will become an issue, especially with Canadian media who are already speculating that the Leafs would love to have him return to his hometown.

Steven Stamkos C TB 3 months ago

Stamkos was credited with an assist on Alex Killorn's second-period goal in Wednesday's 2-1 Game 4 loss to the Blackhawks.

The helper snapped a five-game scoring drought for Stamkos, who failed to capitalize on a point-blank shot attempt in the final minute that would have sent the game to overtime. The Bolts feature enough scoring on their second and third lines to cover for the occasional Stamkos scoring drought, but against an adversary as tough as the Blackhawks, the team may need their star center to start finding twine if they hope to out on top in the series.

Steven Stamkos C TB 3 months ago

Stamkos scored for the fourth straight game and added an assist in Sunday's Game 5 win over the Rangers.

After recording just three points in seven games against Detroit in the first round, Stamkos has exploded for 14 points in his last 11 games. The 25-year-old has seven points in his last four games and is the first player in Lightning history to score in four straight playoff games. With the Bolts now one win away from advancing onto the Stanley Cup Final, look for Stamkos, who sits second in NHL playoff scoring, to have another big outing in Game 6 Tuesday in Tampa Bay.

Steven Stamkos C TB 3 months ago

Stamkos stayed hot Friday, scoring for the third straight game in a Game 4 loss to the Rangers.

While it was another strong performance from Stamkos, the Bolts fell 5-1 to the Rangers in the game, bringing their best-of-seven series to a 2-2 tie. The 25-year-old has now scored in five of his last six games and is up to 15 points in the playoffs -- fifth most in the NHL. He's fired four shots on goal in back-to-back outings and is the first Lightning player to score in 3 straight playoff games since Sean Bergenheim did so in 2011. While Stammer had a slow start to the postseason, he's in full throttle now and will play a key part in determining whether Tampa Bay advances onto the Stanley Cup Final.

Steven Stamkos C TB 3 months ago

Stamkos notched his fifth goal of the postseason and added an assist in Wednesdays's wild 6-5 OT win over the Rangers in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

After a slow start, he's now tied for fourth in postseason scoring with 14 points. He was the best Bolt on the ice again Wednesday, playing a dominant, 200-foot game -- exactly what you want and need from your captain and best player.

Steven Stamkos C TB 3 months ago

Stamkos notched a goal and an assist -- both on the power play -- in Monday's Game 2 win over the Rangers.

Stamkos chipped in to a productive Bolts power play that netted three goals on the night, including one the captain put in himself on a re-direct in front of the net. Ever since his slow start in the first round, Stamkos has gotten back to his usually reliable level of productive as he's tallied nine points in the past seven games.

Steven Stamkos C TB 3 months ago

Coach Jon Cooper moved Stamkos to right wing the last two games of the series against the Canadiens and it gave him more time and space to execute. "He elevated his game," said Cooper. "He didn't put his tail between his legs and say, Move me back to center.' He said let's do what is best for the team and it would be hard to say that he wasn't one of our best players tonight [Game 6]."

He now has points in five consecutive games and goals in two straight. He'd gone without a goal in seven games against Detroit. The move allowed him to really use his speed along the wall. It remains to be seen what Cooper does with him against the Rangers, but at minimum, the move appears to have woken up his offensive game and that's good enough for us.

Steven Stamkos C TB 4 months ago

Stamkos was present at Tuesday's morning skate, Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Bay Tribune reports.

Stamkos and Brian Boyle missed Monday's practice, but both were on the ice Tuesday morning and should be good to go for Game 6. Stamkos has two goals and four assists through the first five games of the series.

Steven Stamkos C TB 4 months ago

Stamkos scored the Lightning's only goal in Saturday's 2-1 loss to the Canadiens.

After a quiet postseason against the Wings, Stammer has gone on a four-game, six-point streak that includes two goals. He'll need to crank it up at home Tuesday in Game 6 to send the Habs to the golf course.

Steven Stamkos C TB 4 months ago

Stamkos had an assist and two penalty minutes against the Canadiens in a Game 3 win Wednesday.

Stamkos struggled against the Red Wings, but he has four points against Montreal, and the Lightning are all but guaranteed to move on. If Stamkos has found his footing, he should have at least one more series in which to contribute.