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Stamkos isn’t planning on playing in Europe for now

Sep 22, 2012, 11:00 PM EDT

Steven Stamkos AP

Steven Stamkos has toyed with the possibility of playing in Europe during the lockout, but that might not happen after all based on a Tampa Bay Times report.

Stamkos’ agent, Mark Guy said “many teams” were interested in his client’s services, including HC Lugano in Switzerland. However, he’s decided against playing overseas.

It’s not clear if Stamkos plans to re-evaluate his position if the lockout drags on.

Stamkos and Alex Ovechkin are the only two players to reach the 60-goal milestone in the seven seasons between lockouts. Each player did it once and for Stamkos, it happened in 2011-12. Stamkos has scored at least 45 goals in each of his last three seasons, but of course that streak will be threatened if we end up with a shortened campaign.

  1. blomfeld - Sep 23, 2012 at 2:34 AM

    “You can always count on rats to be the first ones to leave a sinking ship” …

    Is it just me or has anyone else noticed who’s bolted to Europe “vs” who’s opted to stay at home ? Stamkos, Doughtly, Iginla, Brown, Crosby, Quick, etc … all “quality” individuals who’ve done the right thing by staying home with their fans. While on the other hand you have the likes of Ovechkin, Thornton, Malkin, Jagr, Spezza, etc … all dubious characters behaving in a “vermin-like” fashion by running away at the first opportunity. I’ll leave it at that, as these people have spoken “loud and clear” as to what they’re all about when it comes to some adversity.

    • trick9 - Sep 23, 2012 at 10:41 AM

      You seriously can’t be that ignorant? All the players you listed are North Americans. Of course they are hesitant to leave because they have played near their home countries for their whole careers. While all the players you listed afterwards are players who left to play in their home countries, apart from Spezza, Thornton and Nash who all went to play in familiar places.

      • blomfeld - Sep 23, 2012 at 1:57 PM

        Character, integrity, loyalty, resolve …

        That’s what this is about pal ! … or a “lack thereof” in the case of your hero Ovechkin. Nationality or race didn’t even occur to me and so your lame attempt to racially profile is not valid. You don’t see “quality” people like the Sedin Brothers or Henrik Lundquist bolting do you ? Of course you don’t, because they’re men of “substance” … people you can count on. On the other hand, a supersonic jet couldn’t have gotten Mister “Integrity” Ovechkin out of here fast enough ! Anyway, if you don’t mind I’ll take a page from your racial profiling book by saying that I suspect you and the clowns below are likely Greek “cruise ship” captains yourselves who go by the motto … “always better to leave first so you can direct the rescue effort from ashore !”.

    • hockeyflow33 - Sep 23, 2012 at 3:31 PM

      I’ve never heard a bad word about Thornton, Malkin, Jagr or Spezza.

  2. broadstbully33 - Sep 23, 2012 at 6:56 AM

    well that was probably the dumbest comment ever i half thought you were blomfield

    • blomfeld - Sep 23, 2012 at 2:02 PM

      here ya go “big, tough, broadstreetbully” guy ! …

  3. johnwwt1976 - Sep 23, 2012 at 8:22 AM

    Haha, you are one dumb human Blomfeld!!!! Please go be a fan in another sport

    • blomfeld - Sep 23, 2012 at 2:09 PM

      Go grab yourself a mirror there Einstein and check this out …

      ! elohssa tihs tae

  4. johnwwt1976 - Sep 23, 2012 at 4:01 PM

    If you think less of the guys going over to seas to play then what do you think about Iginla not supporting a golf tournament in Calgary for the Flames charity foundation that help out so many kids just because there was a lockout coming? You must call that good leadership!!! Haha, some people are just dumb

    • blomfeld - Sep 23, 2012 at 11:51 PM

      With all due respect there pal … it’s like, are you retarded ? … and please believe me when I say that I don’t mean that in a bad way, seriously. Jerome Iginla is the absolute “epitome” of what an NHL hockey player ought to be all about. Strength, pride, loyalty, selflessness, honor, conviction, fortitude, skill, courage, toughness, aplomb, etc. So what if he didn’t support “a” management-endorsed golf tournament during the current labor impasse ? He’s a man of “integrity” and therefore he chose to remain in solidarity with his union, regardless of whether we like it or not. The fact of the matter is that Jerome Iginla probably does more for charity and children than any other player in the league, bar none ! About the only fault I could find with him is that he isn’t an LA King ? And yet “watch out” on that score, as I believe he “will” become a King before long ! :)

      The bottom line is that you and your big “tough” Flyer buddies are wrong by supporting the parasite Ovechkin … and you yourself are “skating on very thin ice” by questioning the integrity of Jerome Iginla. As we say in Swedish … “styck at helvete din djavle idiot” !

  5. johnwwt1976 - Sep 24, 2012 at 2:56 PM

    All the other players in the union supported their teams charity golf tournaments while the lockout was looming, great job supporting the douche!! As they say in Canada, you my friend are a Hoser!!!

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