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30 Thoughts: Why couldn’t Edmonton and Montreal make a deal?

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2016-06-30

On a crazy day where Steven Stamkos signing in Tampa Bay could arguably be the third-biggest hockey story, the most unanswered question has to be: “Why couldn’t Montreal and Edmonton work out a Taylor Hall-P.K. Subban deal?” The Oilers sure could’ve used Subban. We knew they were talking last week. Montreal initially asked for Leon Draisaitl, the No. 4 pick at Friday’s draft and more. That “more” included either Oscar Klefbom and Darnell Nurse, plus something else. I can’t nail down what that “something else” was, but it was not insignificant. It was a big price to pay, and Edmonton did not want to do that. According to several sources, there was another possibility

Steven Stamkos Re-Signing Great for Lightning, Terrible for Free-Agency Drama

Source: Bleacher Report
Date: 2016-06-30

Man, what a time it's going to be Friday at noon Eastern. What a free-agent frenzy this will be! There's a big fish to catch, more like a whale, and it's going to be the greatest reality show of the summer, with former 60-goal scorer Steven Stamkos–Steven Stamkos!–about to hit the open mark... wait, what's that? Stamkos just re-signed with the Tampa Bay Lightning?  Oh. OK then. Well, maybe there's a rerun of Seinfeld on then or something.  Wow, talk about a buzzkill. With one fell swoop of Stamkos' pen on a new contract Wednesday with the Lightning, the excitement promised for Friday went from the dramatic equivalent of Macbeth to Keeping Up with the Kardashians. 

Bernier 'a little suprised' at length of Andersen deal

Source: Yard Barker
Date: 2016-06-30

The Toronto Maple Leafs made some noise heading into the 2016 NHL Draft by trading for goaltender Frederik Andersen of the Anaheim Ducks. Shortly after landing Andersen, the Leafs wasted little time locking him up to a five-year contract. The move caught some off-guard, but one of the least surprised was Leafs goalie Jonathan Bernier. The one thing that did surprise Bernier was the long-term contract. Bernier spoke with ESPN and offered his thoughts on the move that brought more competition to the crease. “You know what, I’ll be honest, I wasn’t surprised on the trade to get another goalie. I was expecting it obviously with the season I had last year. I’m sure I put some doubts in

Percy, Biggs victims of hockey's business side

Source: Yard Barker
Date: 2016-06-30

The Maple Leafs two first-round picks in 2011 face an uncertain hockey future.

Five potential targets for Maple Leafs in NHL free agency

Source: Yard Barker
Date: 2016-06-30

Aside from Steven Stamkos, Toronto could be looking for an experienced defenceman, bonafide scorer.

Stamkos staying in Tampa Bay

Source: Yard Barker
Date: 2016-06-30

The Steven Stamkos saga has finally reached its conclusion. After countless rumors and reports suggesting Stamkos would entertain offers from the Toronto Maple Leafs, Buffalo Sabres, Detroit Red Wings and others, the star forward has decided to stay in Tampa Bay with the Lightning. The forward is expected to sign an eight-year deal with an average annual value of $8.5 million. Cancel the Stamkos Sweepstakes, he has decided to return to the Tampa Bay Lightning. #TSN — Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) June 29, 2016 Stamkos's deal with TB is expected to come in at eight years, with an AAV of $8.5M. — Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) June 29, 2016 Stamkos got the long-term deal he was seeking

Missing out on Stamkos closes a shortcut, but isn't a roadblock

Source: The Leafs Nation
Date: 2016-06-29

Photo Credit: Tom Szczerbowski/USA TODAY SPORTSBefore we get into this topic, let's make a few things clear. Firstly, Steven Stamkos isn't a traitor for choosing to stay with the Tampa Bay Lightning. He was under no obligation to sign in Toronto; ultimately, the choice was his, and he went with what he thought was best for him. Secondarily, this isn't the time to go "oh, well, the Leafs were better off without him anyway". Because that probably isn't true either.

Staying with Lightning was right choice for Stamkos all along

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2016-06-29

Steven Stamkos settled on the “hometown” discount. It just wasn’t in the hometown many fans around Toronto, or Buffalo, or even as far down the highway as Detroit had in mind. All along, it was difficult not to look at the riches Stamkos had before him and wonder why he was searching for greener pastures. Sure, he’d earned the right to pursue his options as a pending unrestricted free agent, but it felt like there was a real danger in focusing on what you don’t have rather than what you do. In Tampa, he has a beautiful home and a vastly under-rated hockey city. In Tampa, he has a favourable tax situation and a fantastic climate and a dressing room full of teammates he’s grown clo

Maple Leafs fans should be relieved they dodged Stamkos bullet

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2016-06-29

After 50 years the Toronto Maple Leafs can afford to wait a little bit longer. Admittedly, the idea of Brendan Shanahan filling a 10,000 square foot condominium at The Four Seasons with Canadian Tire money, fitting Steve Stamkos with a snorkel, throwing open the door and inviting him to swim in it was pretty beguiling. Admittedly, the idea of adding the NHL’s most lethal non-Russian goal scorer at age 26, who happened to be a hometown kid, happened to be a Blue Jays fan and happened to be a free agent in his prime was enough to get the head-spinning and the stomach going all bumpy. And it’s hard to argue that moving the Shanaplan up by a couple of years or so was pretty damn tempting. Bu

What the Maple Leafs can learn from Steven Stamkos' decision to stay in Tampa Bay

Source: The Leafs Nation
Date: 2016-06-29

Photo Credit: Kim Klement/USA TODAY SportsNot to rehash the old Space Balls bit into oblivion, but it turns out that your cousin's milksman's fellow parishioner's third husband's personal trainer - who knows Steve Stamkos and swears that he wants to come play in Toronto - was incorrect.On Wednesday afternoon, as you've probably already heard, Stamkos made the decision to stay in Tampa Bay on an eight-year contract worth $68 million dollars. We still haven't seen what the structure of that deal looks like, but Craig Custance is reporting that it includes a no-movement clause.The Stamkos contract seems to be something of a steal for Tampa Bay cost wise. An $8.5 million annual average value

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