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Stamkos loves Tampa, will be more careful favoriting tweets

Sep 4, 2014, 10:30 PM EDT

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Sure, Steven Stamkos is from near Toronto and, yes, he did get busted favoriting a tweet containing a story that spit-balled what it would take to have him go home to play for the Maple Leafs – but he’s just perfectly happy in Tampa playing for the Lightning.

As Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune shared, Stamkos blamed a slip of the finger for his Twitter faux pas that set all of Toronto on its ear this summer.

“You talk about having a pocket dial, that was a pocket favorite of a tweet,” Stamkos said. “…You press the favorite button by accident and an hour later Twitter blew up. But you live and learn and I’ll be more careful on the favorite button the next time around.”

If that’s the only mistake he ever makes on Twitter, we’re glad it came during the summer when we’re all dying for something interesting to talk about.

Stamkos went on to laud the City of Tampa and said it’s an unbelievable place to play. That’ll go over well with the locals and make folks back in Toronto sigh a bit more wistfully.

In 37 games last season, one interrupted by a gruesome broken leg, he had 40 points including 25 goals. Expect more of that and even more Twitter love for the 24-year-old superstar.

  1. dueman - Sep 4, 2014 at 11:38 PM

    This is simply damage control. Nobody but him knows right now what he’s planning on doing, and until he signs a contract, nobody will. Would I, as a Leaf fan, love to see him sign in Toronto? Of course I would, but I doubt very much that Tampa will make it easy. Also with the amount of time that he has played in Tampa already, I doubt that he is going to leave, especially when their future is starting to look so good…

  2. pfhockey - Sep 4, 2014 at 11:52 PM

    Tampa loves Stamkos. One of the most humble superstars of this generation. This guy gives 110% every game.

  3. blomfeld - Sep 5, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    “and said it’s an unbelievable place to play” …


    • 950003cups - Sep 5, 2014 at 9:41 AM

      I guess that’s where Green Bananas come from?

  4. pitpenguinsrulez - Sep 5, 2014 at 12:11 AM

    Yeah that sure was a slip their Steve, regardless can hockey just start already so stuff like this and the Crosby hoax can go away!

  5. shaundre93 - Sep 5, 2014 at 1:49 AM

    Not buying his excuse here, but I really think the only way he leaves Tampa for Toronto is if Tampa wins a Cup. Bringing the Cup home to Toronto would be his next challenge

  6. hockey412 - Sep 5, 2014 at 8:43 AM

    I’m clearly in the minority here but I’m buying this. Not that it was a ‘pocket favorite’ but that he wasn’t trying to send a message. It’s really easy to hit a button by accident on a smart phone, and even easier to hit the favorite button as a means of saving a tweet for later, say, if you wanted to show someone. Also easy to forget that everyone saw you hit favorite.

    Either way the kid was just named Captain of a team he’s clearly passionate about, and is leading a very talented group of kids that seem to be getting better every year, especially with Drouin coming up. I’d put (imaginery) money on his next contract being 8 years, not 7. And I bet it’s at least as much as Toews/Kane’s.

    • hockey412 - Sep 5, 2014 at 9:05 AM


  7. vancouversportsbro - Sep 5, 2014 at 11:12 AM

    Nice excuse. I wouldn’t lose sleep about it if I was a Tampa fan though.

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