MAJOR: Steven Stamkos Trade More Likely Than Ever

Published December 4, 2023 at 1:48 PM
This NHL insider just revealed that the Tampa Bay Lightning are about to receive trade offers for Steven Stamkos, making a Stamkos trade more likely than ever.

Elliotte Friedman Reveals that The Lightening Will Recieve Trade Offers For Stamkos if he Remains Unsigned

With each game, the Tampa Bay Lightning's reign at the top of the NHL seems closer to an end. They are currently sitting at 10-10-5, on the bubble of even being a playoff team this season. If this continues, it would appear that their years of dominance may just be over.

On the other side of the coin, their captain Steven Stamkos remains unsigned and will become a UFA next year. While he wanted a deal to be completed before training camp this year, this never materialized. Now, Elliotte Friedman has revealed that if the Lightning don't look like a potential contender, trade offers will come in for Stamkos.

EF (32TP): "What happens if Tampa is a bubble team and Stamkos isn't signed at the end of the season?"

Marek: "Well, that's what Julien BriseBois talked about at the beginning of the season, we need to see what the season is going to be like here"

EF: "Teams are going to call"

Could Stamkos Play Somewhere Else for the First Time in His Career?

It would be wild to see Steven Stamkos play for another team other than Tampa Bay, as he has spent his entire career in Tampa, bringing them home two Stanley Cups. But, as wild as it sounds, if Tampa thinks a rebuild is in their future, now might be the time to do something.

Over 500 goals
Over 1,000 points
2 Stanley Cups
Future Hall of Famer
Greatest player in Tampa sports history

Steven Stamkos went through it all to become a legend.

Stamkos hasn't missed a step as he has gotten older, with his production keeping pace from his top years. He already has 24 points this season in 23 games and recorded 84 points last year. Now could be the time for Tampa to cash in on their star before he loses his speed.

Time will tell whether Tampa actually goes through with such a wild idea.