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07-07-2011, 11:00 AM
Join Date: Mar 2004
...history says Stamkos is probably not going anywhere. The combined cost in money, salary cap space, draft picks and dirty glances from other GMs in the league make most offer sheets highly unattractive to front offices.
If that's the case, why hasn't Stamkos signed?
Essentially because the music is still playing in this dance.
The threshold for the four first-round draft picks as compensation is a deal that exceeds $7.8 million annually. And that is probably one reason Yzerman's offer was supposedly in the $7.5 million range; he logically assumed no one would be thrilled about going higher than $7.8 million on an offer sheet.
Nevertheless, Stamkos and his agent figured their best chance for leverage was to hit the free agent market and find some desperate team willing to go a little higher.
If he could find that stalking horse, Stamkos wouldn't even have to sign the offer sheet. Just waving a $9 million offer around would force Tampa Bay's hand.
But that apparently has not happened yet. And so we wait.
This doesn't make Stamkos is greedy, and it doesn't make Lightning owner Jeff Vinik cheap. It makes them human.
In the end, they will come to terms, and everyone will be happy.
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