Look, we know Steven Stamkos is going to make buckets of money. The key questions are “Where will he sign?” and “For how much?”
Friedman reports that the Lightning are offering a deal worth $8.5 million per season, and the Tampa Bay Tribune fills in some details that make it seem like it would be an eight-year, $68M deal overall.
What’s your initial reaction to that?
It says a lot about the money thrown around in modern sports that, personally, the gut reflex was “That’s not enough.”
Perhaps it’s just a matter of perspective; take a glance at the cap hit leaders, via General Fanager:
Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane: $10.5 million
Alex Ovechkin: $9.538M
Evgeni Malkin: $9.5M
P.K. Subban: $9M
Sidney Crosby: $8.7M
Corey Perry: $8.625M
Henrik Lundqvist: $8.5M
Claude Giroux: $8.275M
Ryan Getzlaf: $8.25M
When you look at that list, $8.5 million may still seem insufficient for Stamkos, but it’s probably not an insulting offer. Right?
We’re ultimately still at the same point: speculating about whether the superstar sniper would take a moderate “hometown discount” to stay with Tampa Bay or chase a splashier deal, perhaps closer to his hometown team with a certain obscure squad in Toronto.
All we really know is that reported offer of $8.5 million per year.
Then again, isn’t that uncertainty is a big part of the fun (unless you’re an anxious Lightning fan)?