Stamkos Re-Signs in Tampa

Well, for all your Ranger fans out there who were hoping Sather pull off a trade or an offer sheet on Steven Stamkos, it won’t be happening. The 21-year-old sniper inked a five-year, $37.5 million deal this afternoon to stay with the Tampa Bay Lightning. Stamkos finished with 45 goals and 91 points in his third NHL season.

“I am excited we were able to reach an agreement today,” Stamkos said in a statement.  “This was obviously very important to me and I appreciate (team owner Jeff) Vinik and (GM) Steve Yzerman for all their work in the transformation of the franchise as we move forward.  There is no place I’d rather be than as a member of the Tampa Bay Lightning.”

The deal goes against the latest trend of long-term contracts, and makes you wonder what the hold-up was. Stamkos is just 21, and opted for a relatively short-term contract, meaning he will be available as an unrestricted free-agent when he’s 26-years-old.

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