Acquisition of Steven Stamkos by the Canadiens: Major Last-Minute Development

Elias Edmonson
June 15, 2024  (10:49)

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We have new information regarding the rumors linking Steven Stamkos to Martin St-Louis and the Montreal Canadiens.

Let's remember that Stamkos' contract is set to expire in less than a month, and his name has been connected to Kent Hughes, Vincent Lecavalier, Martin St-Louis, and the Montreal Canadiens by several analysts.
The Tampa Bay Lightning are very tight under the salary cap, and Stamkos had openly stated (earlier in the season) that he was very disappointed with how things were going concerning his contract negotiations.
He didn't feel particularly wanted in Tampa Bay.
The Lightning did not act like a team eager to keep Stamkos.
On the other hand, we have the reputable Pierre LeBrun, who has just revealed that Kent Hughes and Jeff Gorton would be open to signing an older free agent, offering a lot of money but on a short-term basis.
Was he referring to Steven Stamkos here? Not so fast.

Development on the Rumors Linking Steven Stamkos to Martin St-Louis and the Habs

On the "La Poche Bleue" broadcast, Tampa Bay Lightning's assistant general manager, Mathieu Darche, confirmed that they want to bring Stamkos back.
«After the trade deadline and during the playoffs, he was one of our best forwards, one of our best players, in fact.

We want him to stay [in Tampa Bay], he wants to stay, the question is whether we can come to an agreement on a contract extension, but we are working on it right now.

Steven is an incredible person; he is a leader and plays a crucial role in the community here.» - Mathieu Darche

This is a cold shower for fans hoping to see him land in Montreal, but beyond words, actions matter.
And concretely, we are still waiting for a clear move from the Lightning to prove they genuinely want to keep Stamkos.
A major story to follow in the NHL this month!
Steven Stamkos, 34 years old, scored 81 points in 79 games this season, including 40 goals! He added 5 goals in 5 NHL playoff games.
Yes, he is still extremely dominant.
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