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Stamkos could become $7M man

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08:18 AM ET 05.31 | Chances are Steven Stamkos will re-up with the Lightning for close to ten times what he made in 2010-11. Stamkos sees no reason a new deal with the Lightning will not get done. Neither does GM Steve Yzerman nor agent Mark Guy. ... Stamkos, 21, had a league-best 96 goals the past two seasons, including 45 last season. His expiring three-year, entry-level contract paid a base salary of $875,000. It is expected that 2008's No. 1 overall draft choice will sign for about $7 million a season. Asked if there was a reason a deal would not get done, Stamkos said, "No. ... We're only going to get better as a team. I would love to be part of it."

St. Petersburg Times

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May 31, 2011  08:27 AM ET

$7M a year? Stevie Y will have to do some very creative accounting to make that fit under the cap. The kid deserves a raise we all know that. Let's see how greedy an agent he has.

May 31, 2011  08:30 AM ET

This kid is the here and now, as well as the future, of the franchise. I don't see where this will be an issue.

May 31, 2011  08:57 AM ET

This will be Ken Holland style easy. Stevie will ask if he wants to stay...Stamkos will say yes and the deals done. Bring all the offer sheets you want hes not moving.

May 31, 2011  09:12 AM ET

It'll certainly hamper Tampa's ability to sign supporting cast. No doubt Stamkos has shown he's worth it..and that he will get somewhere around that money. But not many teams have rosters with 3 $7 million players in their lineup. St. Louis is close enough at just over 6, and Lecavalier makes 10 for a Cap Hit of 8 and change I believe.

Mix in needing to sign a goalie, Gagne and Hedman next year, this signing will be critical to this team's plans moving forward.

May 31, 2011  09:14 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

$7M a year? Stevie Y will have to do some very creative accounting to make that fit under the cap. The kid deserves a raise we all know that. Let's see how greedy an agent he has.

I was wondering that too. With Vinny, Marty and Ryan that's a pretty fair hit on the cap already. How are you going to sneak Stevie's cap hit under there too and be able to pay anyone else?

May 31, 2011  09:18 AM ET

might be a 7 million dollar man? He WILL be a 7 million dollar man.

May 31, 2011  09:22 AM ET
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It'll certainly hamper Tampa's ability to sign supporting cast. No doubt Stamkos has shown he's worth it..and that he will get somewhere around that money. But not many teams have rosters with 3 $7 million players in their lineup. St. Louis is close enough at just over 6, and Lecavalier makes 10 for a Cap Hit of 8 and change I believe.Mix in needing to sign a goalie, Gagne and Hedman next year, this signing will be critical to this team's plans moving forward.

tampa has alot to offer; respectable gm, good young coach, loads of talent, great weather, low stress environment, roster loaded with talent, tax haven...

Yzerman has a good shot to go get quality players that might be willing to take a bit less in order to win now.

Also, this won't be Hedman's big contract, so no need to worry. As per Gagne, he should know a good thing when he sees it. These guys give him the best chance to win now, and with his history of injuries, it would be wise to stay put.

And goalie....well, what can a guy like Rolosson really demand on the open market? I don't see this team going outta their way to get a big time keeper....they tried to with Ellis & that didnt work out so well for them.

May 31, 2011  10:06 AM ET

Stamkos could become $7M man

Maybe now he can give up his paper route and quit looking for a summer job.

May 31, 2011  10:35 AM ET

Vinny's cap hit is about 7, Marty's is about 5.5, and Malone is about 4.5, that is no problem. He will get around 7 and they have tons of space to accommodate that. Gagne will not be getting over 5 so if he comes back it will be at a discount. Honestly if he gets half that he should be happy. They have a lot of UFA's so they can always sign cheaper players with upside potential. This is a no brainer.

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May 31, 2011  11:12 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Stamkos could become $7M manMaybe now he can give up his paper route and quit looking for a summer job.

Do not tell him please ! If you could see the resume's and interview skills(NOT) of the high school and college kids i have interviewed this past week you would understand. When did a side ways ball cap become the chosen attire for a summer job interview ;-)

May 31, 2011  11:35 AM ET

Trade him.

May 31, 2011  12:00 PM ET
QUOTE(#16):

Trade him.

Do you think Stevie and Holland would do some trading??

May 31, 2011  12:01 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Stamkos could become $7M manMaybe now he can give up his paper route and quit looking for a summer job.

LOL He does look young.

May 31, 2011  12:21 PM ET
QUOTE(#17):

Do you think Stevie and Holland would do some trading??

I don't know about Detroit, but I'd like to see Vinnie in a Habs uni.

May 31, 2011  12:37 PM ET

CHA......CHING

May 31, 2011  01:08 PM ET
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I don't know about Detroit, but I'd like to see Vinnie in a Habs uni.

So would all les habitants.

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May 31, 2011  01:34 PM ET
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He deserves his raise...him Crosby and Ovechkin are the only real threats to join the 50-in-50 club.

No he's not.

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