10,000 views by tomorrow. Stamkos signs in Tampa before Friday.
Originally Posted by Volcanologist
Who to believe...Steve Stamkos or Meathead Kypreos...tough call.
Although I doubt Stamkos will play for anyone other than the Bolts next season, I am really starting to regard Kipper as credible. It was his interview with Bettman that made me realize that it was Atlanta going to Winnipeg, not Phoenix, over 2 months ago. He's had a jump on a lot of rumours, and I don't give any credibility to anything players say since all they say is spin and the babble their agents and media coaches and handlers tell them to say
Stamkos and his agent make an offer that they are happy with and think that the Lightning will sign off on it. Stamkos says a deal is close.
Lightning says not quite and submits a counter offer. Someone leaks that they aren't close.
A deal most likely gets signed anyhow.
If only deals like this are that simple and cut and dry... If that were that simple Stammer would've been signed ages ago!
Think about it, Brad Richards is the most sought after FA out there. People are saying he could get 7yrs 8M annually. What do you think teams would throw at Stamkos? You think Meehan and Guy are dumb? there is more money than what Tampa can realistically offer on the open market for SURE and they won't do a deal before July 1st. Chances are TBay will match any offer though
Even if I think Stamkos is the answer the Leafs have been looking for since Sundin left it will still be tough to see the Leafs hand 4 first rounders over to Tampa after they sign Richards to a sweetheart of a deal and not miss a beat, saving themselves millions of dollars, remaining in contention, and enjoying an extra 1st round pick anywhere between 10-20 for four years straight.