The price to acquire Steven Stamkos is finally revealed

Elias Edmonson
May 16, 2024  (11:05 PM)

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While many link Steven Stamkos to Martin St-Louis, Vincent Lecavalier, and Kent Hughes, here is the price to pay to acquire this Stanley Cup champion.

Many fans take for granted that signing Stamkos will be extremely expensive, and that's what I thought too, but here is a nice surprise.
I still have a hard time believing it, but according to AFP Analytics, a firm that specializes in predicting the next contracts of National Hockey League players, Steven Stamkos's next contract could be surprisingly affordable for the Canadiens.

A contract of $6.3 million per year for three seasons for Steven Stamkos?

That would indeed be the price!
«According to AFP Analytics, which makes projections on the next contracts of NHL players, Stamkos's value is estimated at just over $6.3M per season and a three-year deal.» - Via TVA Sports

It indeed seems surprising at first glance, but when you think about it, it is similar to the contracts signed by players like Joe Pavelski, Anze Kopitar, or Evgeni Malkin.
Malkin notably signed for $6.1 million, but for four seasons.
At this salary, Stamkos would become the fourth highest-paid player on the Montreal Canadiens, after Nick Suzuki, Cole Caufield, and Brendan Gallagher.
At this salary, would you sign Steven Stamkos?
It's certainly a lot of "ifs," but if Kent Hughes is able to sign Stamkos, acquire Trevor Zegras, and draft a young player like Cayden Lindstrom, the Canadiens would have a very interesting lineup!
Stamkos, 34, was a first overall pick in 2008 and still amassed a very solid 81 points in 79 games this season, including 40 goals.
Yes, he is 34 years old, but he is still one of the best players in the world and he loves hockey. He is also an extraordinary leader.
Via TVA Sports - Steven Stamkos avec le Canadien: peut-on rêver... un peu?
MAY 16   |   931 ANSWERS
The price to acquire Steven Stamkos is finally revealed

A contract of $6.3 million per year for three seasons for Steven Stamkos, would you do it if you were Kent Hughes?

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