Stamkos is a restricted free agent, and the Tampa Bay Lightning have the right to match any offer.
Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News reported yesterday that the Flyers are contemplating offering Stamkos a 12-year deal worth $115 million. This would carry a cap hit of $9.58 million per year.
Flyers Nation can only hope that the orange and black pursue one of the top three players in the NHL today. Stamkos has scored 96 goals over the past two seasons and he is only 21 years old.
The Flyers have never been a franchise that is afraid of making a blockbuster deal, and they have cleared up significant cap space with last week's surprise trades of Mike Richards and Jeff Carter.
If they really are interested in signing one of the best players in the game, they will have to move either one or two more significant salaries.
Here are the top five players most likely to be traded if the Flyers sign Steven Stamkos.