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A former Habs employee has new information on Stamkos' future

Published April 30, 2024 at 6:47 PM

Throughout the season, rumors about Steven Stamkos' future with the Tampa Bay Lightning have been circulating.

Indeed, the captain will finish his contract on July 1st and will then be able to test the free agency market. Julien Brisebois has been quite discreet throughout the campaign regarding his plans with his veteran, which has greatly helped to fuel discussions.

With the recent elimination of the Bolts, it is certain that these speculations will increase over the next few weeks and that many, as Grant McCagg has done, will link him to the Montreal Canadiens.

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The former professional scout for the Montreal Canadiens who now works for the site Recrutes thinks that Stamkos' two former teammates in the Montreal organization, Martin St-Louis and Vincent Lecavalier, could convince him to choose the CH as his next organization.

It's no secret, Kent Hughes will be looking this summer for offensive talent to add to his lineup. With 81 points this season, including 41 goals, it seems that the now 34-year-old veteran still has plenty to offer at this level. McCagg would even see number 91 playing with Kirby Dach next season and with Lane Hutson, Juraj Slafkovsky, Nick Suzuki, and Cole Caufield on the power play.

"Steven Stamkos' career in Tampa Bay may be about to end. Considering his close relationship with Vincent Lecavalier and Martin St-Louis, I can't help but see him coming to a line with Kirby Dach and on the power play with Lane Hutson, Juraj Slafkovsky, Nick Suzuki, and Cole Caufield." - Grant McCagg

Stamkos was earning an average salary of $8.5M last season. At his age, it is very likely that he will accept a pay cut, but surely not at the expense of the duration. He will want to secure his next years with a medium to long-term contract. It will therefore be interesting to see the intentions of the main interested party.

It also remains to be seen if Kent Hughes is ready to add a well-known veteran to his lineup. While he has already said that the next summer will be important, he has also added that it will be less so than the following one. Therefore, we can presume that the big player will arrive with the CH in the summer of 2025 and not 2024. Nothing is impossible, however, and if Stamkos really wants to be a Habs, Kent Hughes will have no choice but to consider him.


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