Making Sense of the Steven Stamkos to Philadelphia Flyers Rumors


It’s certainly been an interesting and eventful off season for the Philadelphia Flyers. There are still more moves to come for the orange and black, though how “earthshattering” those moves will be has yet to be seen.

In the last few days the rumors of the Flyers possibly acquiring Tampa Bay Lightning superstar Steven Stamkos have spread like wild fire. The rumors have been legitimized by some and shot down by others. However, the bottom line is, it’s certainly a real possibility.

Before Flyers fans start dancing in the streets, lets break down just exactly what is being said in regards to Steven Stamkos possibly playing in Philadelphia next season.

What kind of leverage does the Tampa Bay Lightning have?

By now we all know that Stamkos is a restricted free agent, and while he and the Lightning have been trying to negotiate a new deal, the talks haven’t been positive. Tampa Bay Lightning GM Steve Yzerman has stated that Tampa will match any offer made to Stamkos if July 1st comes without a new deal between the team and their young superstar. However, an already cash-strapped Lightning team may be unable to match an expensive offer-sheet sent Stamkos’ way.

NHL teams were officially allowed to extend offer-sheets to restricted free agency yesterday at 5:00PM. No team, as of yet has offered one to the Lightning and Stamkos. Word is that a few NHL teams are in the process of doing just that, including the Philadelphia Flyers. The Lightning would then have 7 days to match any offer sheet to retain Stamkos, or accept the offer sheet in return for 4 1st round picks.

If in the coming days it becomes clear the Lightning cannot come to an agreement with Stamkos, they’ll likely look to trade him. Obviously, the return they’ll be looking for starts with 4 1st rounder’s and goes from there. It’s certainly a hefty price for any player, especially one with only a few years of NHL hockey under his belt.

Do the Flyers actually have a shot at landing Stamkos?

Yes. The Flyers hold all of their 1st round draft picks for the next 4 seasons. They can also go over the salary cap until the beginning of the NHL season, so fitting Stamkos under the cap wouldn’t be a problem. The Flyers could acquire Stamkos and worry about clearing the necessary space later. Many would wonder how Tampa Bay could even entertain the thought of letting their prized young superstar walk. Well it’s simple; it all comes down to money. The Lightning certainly isn’t a major hockey market and they already have money tied up in Vincent Lecavalier, Ryan Malone and Erik Brewer.

However, depending on who you believe, their interest level can be debated. Some sources say the Flyers are prepared to go after Stamkos, while others say the Flyers have abandoned any hope of landing the young sniper. Though, remember this is the organization that said they weren’t trading Jeff Carter and we all know what happened there.

As the days go by this situation gets more and more interesting.

Do I believe it will happen? No.

Does it make the off season fun? You bet.

So, have fun dreaming of Steven Stamkos wearing orange and black Flyers fans, while you still can.

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  • bob

    How bout this, smart guy. If Stamkos does land in Philly, how about you quit writing sports articles forever?

    • Mike Santa Barbara

      Hm, sounds like you have some anger issues “Bob,” if that’s your real name. From your comment I think it’s easy to say you didn’t actually read the column at all. I never claimed to be a “smart guy.” Also, I didn’t take a side on the issue at all, I was simply supplying information. Again, not really sure what your problem is “Bob,” and I’m sure you won’t explain yourself. So, you can continue posting ridiculous, misspelled, and fragmented sentences on sports blogs anonymously, I hope it was fun. Next time, don’t be so cowardly, bud.

      Thanks for reading “Bob!”

      • bob

        First of all, nothing is misspelled. “Bout” is pretty well known as short for about, but I’m sure you knew that.

        Tired of all you “writers” thinking you know everything. We see article after article and you guys are always so cocksure about being right or acting you like you know things we don’t. I think it would be nice for once that when you guys are wrong, you just stop writing articles because its obvious when you’re wrong, you’re just talking out of your ass.

        Have fun “dreaming” about getting Stamkos? Do you have PROOF these are pipe dreams? Nope, just writing nonsense. Most likely not from Philly or a transplant, as usual.

        Spelling better this time? Squid.

        • Mike Santa Barbara

          I think you’re misunderstanding the context at the end of the article. I never claim to know more than anyone, and that’s the honest truth.

          I said in the article that it was a “real possibility,” I never called it “pipe dreams.” All I was saying was enjoy it while it lasts in case it doesn’t happen. I was never trying to assume that it was completely ridiculous to believe it could happen. With all the info coming out, a lot of it is setting Flyers fans up for disappointment. At the end I simply meant, enjoy the ride, that’s all. It’s a lot of fun to think about a guy like Steven Stamkos joining the Flyers. So, I was trying to break down the scenario from each team’s end, to answer any questions fans might have.

          I’m sorry if you misinterpreted the context at the end of the article. I never meant for it to sound like Flyers fans are stupid to think it could happen. I am a Flyers fan and I hope to hell that it does happen. The article was simply supplying information.

          Sorry for the nasty response. I get a lot of anonymous hate, keeps a guy on edge.

          • Richard

            Good article, know we know. First the Flyers and 1st round picks? Fact they trade them away. Pronger costed 2 of them plus the young defense guy the year prior in the first round. In short, Holmgren will try, because he does not value picks usually. In case of Richards and Carter, he was trying to max what ever he could get.

    • Chris

      Bob you are a complete and total moron!!!!! My guess is you are a puckbunny that’s mad that your mancrushes got traded away to Columbus and LA. How about you try reading the articles that Mike writes before you say something stupid? Mike definitely throws out some damn good info about the Flyers!!!!

      Ignore idiots like this assclown Mike!!!! Your work is great!!!!

  • “bob-fan”

    Lol on that reply… talk about “cowardly”…

    • Mike Santa Barbara

      Oh look, he’s got “groupies.”

      It’s called an adult conversation, bud. It was an obvious misunderstanding, so I was treating it as such.

  • Gene

    I have been following the Flyers since their inception into the league and am a season ticket holder. Lets be fair to Mike and understand what he’s actually saying. No one wants to see Stamkos in a Flyers uniform for the next 12 years more than me and I too am getting far too wrapped up in all the hype. We could crash hard. Keep in mind that letting him go would likely ruin Iyzerman’s career and begin to erode what fan base the Lightening have. That won’t stop me from hoping and praying that it happens and dreaming of the next sports dynasty but I have to be mindful its a long shot with too much on the line for the Lightening organization. I’m not giving up hope till its over. Lets go Ed, shock us again!

  • David Xue

    Mike – There was nothing pretensious or snide about your language. The piece is a combination of factual reporting and some pro and con with a concluding call to have fun dreaming about what might happen.

    The internet on balance is a great tool, but sadly it allows for paranoid cowards to shower writers with vitriol while remaining safely anonymous. You and I both know that Bob would never say those words to anyone in person. In fact, his bravado is really driven by a cognitive pe**s envy coupled with a deep and nihilistic recognition of his own worthlessness.

  • Mike Santa Barbara

    Thank you all for the kind words, it really means a lot. I do my best to read and reply to every comment. I appreciate those that chose to voice their opinions no matter if they agree or disagree with me. I love reading your thoughts, and would love your opinions on what else you’d like to see here at