After the fallout of the Brad Richards signing, everyone has turned their heads towards the Tampa Bay Lightning and Steven Stamkos.
A former 50 goal scorer, Stamkos deserves the kind of money that is given to the best in the NHL.
In the video above (at about the 3:40 point), I chose Stamkos as the best player in the NHL at the time. The show was aired on November 24, 2010, when Stamkos and Crosby were lighting up score sheets across the league.
Any team in the league would love to get Stamkos via a trade to help guarantee their future success. The only problem is that the Lightning believe they can have Stamkos for a long time and still keep Lecavalier and St. Louis under contract as well.
This is possible since the Lightning have over $14 million in cap space remaining. However, with all the teams that want the top-line center, the threat of a short term offer sheet is looming.
A trade is the likely route here as there is no way that any team would take on the contract of Vinny Lecavalier.
The Lightning are coming off a great season, coming within a game of the Stanley Cup Final. A trade for one of the best players in the NHL could bring back a plethora of talent and get the Lightning into the Final.
A shut-down defenseman and a goalie for the future is not out of the question, but we shall see what happens between now and October.
As always, leave your comments in the comments section and be respectful hockey fans. Let the world know what you think about what this off-season will do for your club.