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Major announcement from the Tampa Bay Lightning on Steven Stamkos

Published May 1, 2024 at 9:58

For the past few hours, it has been fascinating to see how quickly the name of forward Steven Stamkos has been linked to Martin St-Louis and the Montreal Canadiens.

Many journalists believe that it's over for Stamkos at Tampa Bay, and many journalists actually think he has a chance to end up with the Canadiens.

But not so fast.

The head coach of the Lightning, Jon Cooper, has clearly stated his intentions and possibly those of his organization.

Steven Stamkos' place is in Tampa Bay and he knows it, according to Jon Cooper

Cooper has made a compelling case in this regard over the past few hours.

"His place is here. We know it. He knows it."

Jon Cooper on the future of Steven Stamkos with Tampa Bay.

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He does not believe there will be discussions about Stamkos anywhere but in Tampa Bay, and he does not seem to imagine a scenario in which Stamkos signs with another team, like the Montreal Canadiens for example.

"We have grown together, he is an incredible player and he is also.. I guess he controls his own destiny. I don't know what will happen, but I have a feeling he will be a Tampa Bay Lightning player for the rest of his life.

It will be up to him and Julien BriseBois to decide." - Jon Cooper

To be continued, but his statement is very clear.

Stamkos, 34 years old, is a 1st overall pick in 2008 and he 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.
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