But it’s not July 1 yet, and the interview period for UFAs doesn’t start until tomorrow, so when Canucks GM Jim Benning went on the radio yesterday and said he planned to speak with Stamkos’ agent about possibly signing in Vancouver, it may technically have been tampering with Tampa Bay Lightning property.
According to Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports, the league is looking into it:
There’s a precedent for punishing comments that could be deemed tampering.
In 2009, the Toronto Maple Leafs were fined an undisclosed amount when then-head coach Ron Wilson went on the radio prior to July 1 and said there was “a real possibility I would think that we would be going after the Sedins” in free agency.
The Canucks, of course, ended up re-signing the twins, who remain in Vancouver to this day.