Steven Stamkos‘ camp and the Tampa Bay Lightning aren’t really tipping their hands about their contract talks, so we’ll have to settle for whatever scraps we can get. On the bright side: we should know where he ends up soon, even if Stamkos needs to mull his decision over beyond July 1. There’s also the possibility that the Lightning can re-sign Stamkos before he hits the UFA market, however remote that might be. For what it’s worth, GM Steve Yzerman told the media that “we know where we’re at” and then added this quote. “Obviously he’s still the property of the Tampa Bay Lightning,” Yzerman said, according to Tampa Bay Times. “Until July 1. Anything is possible. No doors have been closed.” As
When the Florida Panthers signed the defenseman to a seven-year, $44.45-million deal, that set the rate for Shattenkirk, who is going into the final year of his deal with the St. Louis Blues. The Blues have Alex Pietrangelo ($6.5 million) and Jay Bouwmeester ($5.4 million) locked up long term. Paying that rate for Shattenkirk is possible, but it isn’t feasible, and so he’s likely to be moved this summer and as early as Friday night.