Philadelphia Flyers Going After Tampa Bay's Steven Stamkos?
Could Tampa Bay Lightning superstar Steven Stamkos be headed to Philadelphia?
Stamkos and the Tampa Bay Lightning have been trying to iron out a contract extension since the end of the 2010-11 season. They have yet to agree to terms, and an agreement isn’t likely to occur anytime soon. A few days ago, acquiring Stamkos seemed like a pipe dream. However, if July 1st comes before the Lightning and Stamkos agree to a contract extension, things could get very, very interesting.
On July 1st, teams can sign Stamkos to an offer-sheet. Tampa Bay would then have two choices, either match the offer-sheet to keep Stamkos, or accept 4 1st round picks as compensation for the young superstar. According to the Philadelphia Daily News’ Frank Seravalli, a few teams including the Flyers would extend an offer sheet to Stamkos. That could be bad news for the Lightning, especially if a team blows Stamkos away with an offer they simply can’t afford to match. As Seravalli mentions, the Lightning already have the expensive long-term contracts of Vincent Lecavalier and Ryan Malone, adding a third could prove difficult for Tampa Bay.
It’s still a long shot, though if July 1st comes without a deal between Stamkos and the Lightning, you can be sure the Flyers will get involved.