The Tampa Bay Lightning visited Toronto on Tuesday night, at a time when the idea of their star Steven Stamkos taking his talents to Ontario this summer has become a local obsession.
Stamkos is a pending unrestricted free agent, seeking an NHL record contract; the Toronto Maple Leafs are the League’s most cash-rich team, with the prerequisite cap space.
Capitalizing on that hysteria, TSN 1050 produced signs for fans to bring to the game that simply read “SIGN STAMKOS.”
One problem: They couldn’t actually bring them into the Air Canada Centre.
Homemade signs? They’re fine. So maybe next time TSN 1050 just sets up a table in front of the ACC with posterboard and markers like they have at wrestling events …
Of course, the oddest part of this situation is that TSN is owned by Bell Media, which also owns the Toronto Maple Leafs. So when the co-owner of the team is openly campaigning to have a player leave his team and join theirs … something something tampering something.