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Tampa Bay Lightning forward Steven Stamkos
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Four teams emerge as favorites to land Steven Stamkos this summer

Published May 11, 2024 at 4:58 PM
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The race to secure Steven Stamkos's services this off-season has kicked off, with four teams emerging as top contenders to sign the unrestricted free agent.

Stamkos, who is set to become a free agent on July 1st, has spent his entire career with Tampa Bay but may face financial constraints that could prevent him from staying. Despite being 34 years old, Stamkos has demonstrated his enduring skills and leadership abilities, scoring 81 points, including 40 goals, in 79 games this season. He also played a significant role in the playoffs, tallying six points, including five goals, despite the Lightning's elimination in five games by the Panthers.

According to a report, Stamkos has multiple options if he and the Lightning cannot reach an agreement. The Detroit Red Wings, Nashville Predators, Montreal Canadiens, and Toronto Maple Leafs are among the teams with potential to sign him.

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Although most of these teams are not currently on the same level, the Maple Leafs, Red Wings, and Predators are poised to contend for the Stanley Cup as soon as next season. While the Canadiens are still in a rebuilding phase, they may have an advantage in potentially landing Stamkos due to his connection with former teammate Martin St-Louis, who is now part of the Canadiens' organization.

In the short term, joining the Leafs or the Red Wings may be more appealing to Stamkos as they are closer to championship contention than the Canadiens. This situation will be intriguing to follow throughout the summer.

Source: Hockey Patrol - Toronto listed as a frontrunner for Stamkos this offseason
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