NHL Free Agency/Trade Rumors: Steven Stamkos, Alex Semin and Ales Hemsky News

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NHL Free Agency/Trade Rumors: Steven Stamkos, Alex Semin and Ales Hemsky News
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Who says free-agent frenzy is just a weekend-long event?

Today, a week after NHL free agency began, there still remains a lot of uncertainty regarding the future of some superstar players. 

The Steven Stamkos saga continues, with rumors upon rumors surfacing about scenarios in which the 21-year-old would leave Tampa Bay.

Meanwhile, big names such as Alexander Semin and Ales Hemsky have seen themselves linked to numerous trade rumors around the league.

Perhaps it's much ado about nothing, but Stamkos is not the only restricted free agent still without a contract. Shea Weber and Drew Doughty, two of the top defensemen in the league, still have yet to sign contract extensions with their current teams.

While it's not expected that many of these players will switch teams, it makes for interesting speculation and discussion with regards to their futures.

Beyond the big names, backup goaltenders and third- and fourth-line role players are still on the market as well, seeking another one- or two-year deal to help a team get over the hump.

As if all of that wasn't enough to pique your interest, rookie camps across the league have begun to open, and all of the top prospects are on display in their new colors. Sean Couturier, Brayden Schenn and Dougie Hamilton have all wasted little time getting to know the media in their respective new towns.

The offseason doesn't stop the big names from hitting the headlines, so here are the latest and greatest rumors and rumblings from around the NHL.

So, keep it locked on this page for the rest of the day and throughout the weekend for up-to-date information on free agency and the trade market.

Remember, when it comes to covering the NHL, there is no offseason.

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