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Insider leaks the contract Steven Stamkos rejected from the Lightning


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Elliot Ben Jacob
June 28, 2024  (6:39 PM)
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Tampa Bay Lightning's Steven Stamkos.
Photo credit: Tampa Bay Times

Steven Stamkos, after 16 seasons and 10 years as captain with the Tampa Bay Lightning, will enter free agency on July 1st.

Steven Stamkos, a key figure in Tampa Bay Lightning's success, is heading to free agency on July 1st. After a remarkable tenure spanning 16 seasons, Stamkos has decided to test the waters, potentially ending his career in Tampa.
Per Pierre LeBrun:
"From Stamkos' agent Don Meehan, who tells me regarding his client: 'He will be a free agent on July 1.' So it would appear Stamkos is going to market Monday unless something changes in Tampa's position. Will have more in a piece today in @TheAthletic"

This news comes after Stamkos rejected the deal from the Lightning that was offered to him, he was offered a $3M AAV, but that wasn't good enough, as he wanted at least 4-5M.
A new report has unveiled the specifics of the offer that led to Stamkos' decision:
"The Lightning offered Steven Stamkos an eight-year deal at around $3M AAV. He was looking for $4M-$5M AAV depending on the term."


The offer would have allowed Stamkos to potentially retire as a member of the Lightning at age 42, but the financial terms were not sufficient to keep him from exploring other opportunities. Despite the lower offer, Stamkos' decision to test the market could turn out to be beneficial for him, given his continued high level of play.
At 34, Stamkos still has a lot to offer to any team willing to meet his salary demands. Last season, he demonstrated his enduring skill by scoring 81 points in 79 games and adding six points in five playoff games. His consistent performance suggests that he remains a valuable asset, capable of making a significant impact on any team.
As the free agency period approaches, all eyes will be on where Stamkos lands next.
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