The Stamkos Saga Pt. 2

Steven Stamkos signs autographs at the 2008 NHL entry draft... We know, you wish that was his new 5-year deal with the Lightning, huh? (6/20/08 - by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images North America)

Well, we’ve had plenty of time to chew on just about every Stamkos based rumor available in English on the Internet. Unfortunately, there’s nothing new to report other than what we already know: Yzerman isn’t concerned, Stamkos isn’t talking, and half of Bolts Nation still hasn’t taken a breath since RFA’s started to resign with their respective teams.

Stamkos’ agents, Mark Guy and Don Meehan, will continue their efforts in bringing the two sides together, but we must all remember that #91 isn’t in any position to hurry up and sign. Drafted #1 overall in the 2008 entry draft, Stamkos has averaged 0.95 points per game scoring 119 goals and 113 assists in 243 career games. He tied Sidney Crosby for the 2010 Rocket Richard Trophy with 51 goals, and managed to put together a decent follow-up with 45 goals by the end of the 2011 regular season. But, all of these stats are things we know about the Bolts rising star. Most fans just want to know where he will be playing next year.

Both Flyers GM Paul Holmgren and Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke have denied that they are pursuing trades or offer sheets, yet rumor mills continue to cite “insider information” or “a source close to the situation” reporting just the opposite. One thing is for certain; any team would love to have the services of the All-Star center. They’re just not going to get a chance since Yzerman is “committed to re-signing Steven.”

What all of us are looking for is the resolution, the finale, the black-ink-on-white-paper moment!

“I’m confident we will reach an agreement,” Steve Yzerman told the St. Petersburg Times. And, his confidence is all we need at this point. If any of you find it hard to trust Yzerman, check out Tampa’s 2010-2011 season/playoff campaign and you’ll be fine.

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