NHL Free Agency 2011: Steven Stamkos and 3 Realistic Trading Partners

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NHL Free Agency 2011: Steven Stamkos and 3 Realistic Trading Partners
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Talking about Steven Stamkos being traded is like talking about Gary Bettman not hating Canadian teams, or Michael Jordan trying to play baseball, it's probably not going to happen ever.

But for as long as Steven Stamkos and the Lightning trying to hammer out a new deal, everyone is free to speculate, guess, and wonder what Lightning GM Steve Yzerman might do with his young superstar.

Now Steve Yzerman might be a little bit sympathetic to young Stamkos as Yzerman was once a rising superstar himself, but one can only be so sympathetic because Stamkos reportedly turned down a $37 million, five-year deal with the Lightning.

If you're doing the division in your head that's $7.4 million a year.

Considering the "gem" of this year's free agent class, Brad Richards, accepted a front-loaded (cap-circumventing) contract of $60 million over nine years (or a $6.67 million cap hit); I highly doubt that Yzerman would be considering anything over the $7.5 million threshold.

Having said all of that, Stamkos did have more points than Brad Richards over the past two seasons (95, 91 respectively) so he might be looking for more money than Richards received.

 

(NOTE: This article does not in fact represent the opinions of the GMs in the League, but instead what would hypothetically make sense.)

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