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Steven Stamkos’ eventual signing in Tampa Bay doesn’t deter Philly’s flirtation with him

Jul 5, 2011, 1:33 PM EDT

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The most desirable restricted free agent out there, Steve Stamkos, is still left unsigned and while the Tampa Bay Lightning look to lock up their young franchise player to a long term deal, other teams continue to daydream about plucking him away in one form or another. The Flyers have been the one team that people believe is most hot after the superstar goal scorer and many are crafting scenarios in which it could work out.

With Stamkos being a restricted free agent, however, if a team was wacky enough to force the issue and sign him to an offer sheet, the Lightning would be able to match the offer and there’s little doubt, if any, that they would do that immediately. As it goes, the hopefulness in Philadelphia is unwavering as CSN Philly’s Sarah Baicker shares today.

Multiple sources have suggested to CSNPhilly that the Lightning would be interested in acquiring Brayden Schenn, Sergei Bobrovsky and a future No. 1 draft pick in exchange for Stamkos. Though Holmgren expects Stamkos will eventually re-sign with the Bolts, there are indications he is prepared to make a trade offer if it doesn’t happen.

But even after dishing those aforementioned names in order to lure Stamkos to Philly, the Flyers would still likely be forced to shed some salary in order to fit him. Would it be worth it to deal Matt Carle, say, or Scott Hartnell (both names have been mentioned in trade scenarios)? Probably not – the chances of any of this going down are still very doubtful – but not completely impossible.

It’s all drawing up ideas in a sandbox in Philly for how things could work out. But what would Tampa Bay’s interest in trading a guy who has scored 96 goals the last two seasons be? Virtually nil is our guess, but the NHL is also a league that saw Wayne Gretzky get traded so anything is possible. How are those contract negotiations going in Tampa though? The guys at The Fourth Period have their ear to the ground and say a framework for a contract is there for Stamkos.

TFP has learned that the two sides are working towards a five-year contract, though the dollar figure and salary breakdown have not yet been agreed upon.

It’s believed Stamkos will earn an average salary in the $7 million to $7.5 million range, though neither side would confirm term or numbers.

It has been widely reported that another team could swoop in and extend Stamkos an RFA offer sheet, which the 21-year-old would need to agree to and sign, though a source close to the situation said such a tactic was “unlikely.”

Adding that on top of what Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos tweeted today about there being a potential five-year deal worth $37 million being hammered out with Stamkos and you’ve got yourself a lot of pipe dreaming run amok in Philly. You can’t fault the Flyers and their fans for getting excited about the potential, but this situation with Stamkos is one that favored both the Lightning and Stamkos in that they had all summer to get something worked out without much pressure.

It would take a titanic offer to get Stamkos to potentially upset Tampa management and sign an offer sheet with another team and we’re thinking that biting the hand of GM Steve Yzerman probably isn’t something he’s eager to do. While Flyers GM Paul Holmgren has to keep dealing with the interest from fans and media alike towards Stamkos, it’s highly unlikely we’ll see Stamkos in anything other than Lightning blue for the foreseeable future.

  1. dbick - Jul 5, 2011 at 1:48 PM

    Schenn, Bob and a future #1 for Steven fucking Stamkos? That is such a ridiculous steal for the Flyers it wouldn’t even be funny. This writer is delusional and/or her sources are trying to make her look terrible.

    • hystoracle - Jul 5, 2011 at 2:35 PM

      I agree – I actually read that exact supposed trade on this blog a day before Free agency started. I think the reporter’s “sources” were message board posts from fans. Poor journalism.

  2. grudenthediva - Jul 5, 2011 at 2:03 PM

    Philly’s media can sit there and fap it to Stamkos all they want. They have a better chance of seeing Terrell Owens win a Super Bowl for the Eagles than seeing Stamkos (or Doughty, for that matter) in orange. Talk about false entitlement.

  3. brad302 - Jul 5, 2011 at 2:57 PM

    Dbick, you have absolutely no clue what your typing about. Schenn is rated as the number 1 prospect outside of the NHL by multiple websites and people. Bobrosky is a good young goaltender with superior flexibility, and he is only 21. The reason TB hasn’t signed Stamkos is because that terrible Franchise is hemorrhaging money to the tune of between a 20-25 million dollar loss last year. They may have to eventually take what they can get, because they will not be in a position of power to negotiate.

    • sknut - Jul 5, 2011 at 3:39 PM

      Actually I think the new owner of the Lighting is a billionare who isn’t afraid to spend money. I think the only reason Stamkos won’t be there is if he told them he didn’t want to be there and I don’t see that happening.

      • brad302 - Jul 5, 2011 at 3:55 PM

        Sknut, that is true that TB’s owner is a billionaire. But you really think a smart business man would take on another 100 million dollar contract when he’s losing a 20-25 mil a year, that would not make good business sense. And let’s be honest all franchises are business’ first, my point was that TB would get 2 young good prospects from the Flyers that are not making a ton of money now. That’s why the trade made some sense to me.

    • hystoracle - Jul 5, 2011 at 4:24 PM

      A young goaltender who was so good and talented that Philly had to go out and sign Bryzgalov to a 9 year deal.. Don’t see Bob playing anytime soon in Philly.

    • dbick - Jul 5, 2011 at 5:03 PM

      My man, I agree that Schenn is the #1 prospect in hockey and that Bob is a good young goaltender. But you really think trading a big time prospect and your BACKUP goaltender for one of the best scorers in the league wouldn’t be a steal for the flyers? it would be robbery without a gun! If Stevie Y would make that deal he would be the laughing stock of the NHL.

      • brad302 - Jul 6, 2011 at 2:01 AM

        Oh so young BACKUP goaltenders never turn out to be good? Flyers are about win now, TBjust trying to stay around. Honestly, there should not be any hockey teams in Florida, god Bettman’sthe greatest ever!

  4. brad302 - Jul 5, 2011 at 2:58 PM

    Also morons, most blogs are not factual.

  5. grudenthediva - Jul 5, 2011 at 8:36 PM

    “The reason TB hasn’t signed Stamkos is because that terrible Franchise is hemorrhaging money to the tune of between a 20-25 million dollar loss last year. ”

    This is being thrown about in a lot of blogs but, alas, never with any factual proof.

    That “terrible franchise” sure has done a lot more in the last few years than yours, bucko. Sorry bout it. If Schenn was that good, he wouldn’t have been dealt in order to bring in Mike frickin Richards, no matter how much of a crush you guys had on him. Quit thinking that Schenn and a mediocre goalie prospect is even remotely fair. It’s stupid.

    • psujay - Jul 5, 2011 at 8:57 PM

      “Mike frickin Richards” is so good that the Kings had to part ways with the best prospect in the world in order to get him. I think you misunderstand how hockey is played if you don’t think Mike Richards is a great player…unfortunately the Leafs couldn’t get anything together for him..

      • brad302 - Jul 6, 2011 at 1:54 AM

        Ahahaha the Leafs I’m sorry did I say TB was terrible franchise? Well I’m sorry the Leafs are a joke, wtf do they have even to trade? They gonna give Boston more lottery picks nest year. Ahahaha Horrible, Burke has sent that franchis back at Lear 10 years.

    • freebie717 - Jul 5, 2011 at 11:22 PM

      The Lightning has done a lot more than the Flyers in the last few years? I must have missed that… I guess if I look up some stats real quick I can verify your comment:

      2008-2009
      Lightning – 66 points, 2nd to last in the Eastern Conference
      Flyers – 99 points, Lost to the Penguins in the 1st round of the playoffs

      2009-2010
      Lightning – 80 points, missed the playoffs
      Flyers – 88 points, made it to the Stanley Cup Finals

      2010-2011
      Lightning – 103 points, lost in the 3rd round of the playoffs
      Flyers – 106 points, lost in the 2nd round of the playoffs

      So, to summarize, in the last few years the Lightning made the playoffs once, and lost in the Eastern Conference championship. The Flyers made the playoffs 3 times and made the finals once. I don’t know man, I think statistics would say you are wrong.

    • brad302 - Jul 6, 2011 at 1:47 AM

      Wow, apparently u have no clue of what u r talking about.

    • brad302 - Jul 6, 2011 at 1:51 AM

      Wow, really what has TB done so much more then PHI? Because they sure as hell are not making money like the Flyers, and where did they end up.. Obviously u have no clue!

  6. leafsguy - Jul 6, 2011 at 12:03 AM

    Sorry guys. Stamkos won’t be signing with TB or Philly. Toronto is his preferred destination .. The X-factor if you will, is the fact that Toronto is where Stamkos wants to be.

    • brad302 - Jul 6, 2011 at 1:57 AM

      Ahahaha no one is signing inToronto

  7. vampiercat - Jul 6, 2011 at 7:15 PM

    Okay! Really you all think that stammers will leave a place that has only helped his playing. St louis has mentored stammers and had him set up for his goals!
    You all need a reality check if you think he’s leaving!
    I live in Tampa and have many friends who work for TBL and he’s not going anywhere!
    We will see the flyers next year! with Stammers in the bolt uniform!

  8. vampiercat - Jul 6, 2011 at 7:19 PM

    Brad302 your stupid Florida has the best hockey ever…have you ever been to a game in Florida come see my bolts you haven’t seen a hockey game! The St pete times has a great staff and the new owner is the best!
    Your jealous that we have great weather and hockey!
    We call it Hockey Paradise! Sorry we can be at the beach and still go to a hockey game at night!
    And not have to scrap our cars off before we leave an hours before the game!

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