Major trade between the Montreal Canadiens and the Tampa Bay Lightning involving Steven Stamkos: it is quite possible

Published December 11, 2023 at 10:21
BY DAVID ST-JEAN

Steven Stamkos is in the final year of his contract, and negotiations between Julien Brisebois and the star forward's camp have reached an impasse.

Nothing is certain in Tampa Bay, as they are experiencing a relatively ordinary start to the season. For the first time in years, there's uncertainty about making the playoffs.

In the scenario where the team is not in playoff contention, it wouldn't be surprising for Julien Brisebois to trade his captain before March 8. If that doesn't happen, Stamkos could explore free agency.

The Canadiens are expected to have significant salary cap flexibility next year, and rumors suggest that Kent Hughes might make a big move by signing a star forward. If not through a sign-and-trade this year, acquiring Stamkos this summer is very possible.


The Lightning GM himself mentioned at the start of the season, "The season will determine what happens with the captain." It's not surprising that negotiations have stalled, much to Stamkos's detriment.

The forward has expressed disappointment in not starting discussions with the Lightning this summer. As time goes on, the disappointment may grow, increasing the likelihood of a change of scenery.

One thing is certain: if Stamkos becomes available via trade or free agency, Kent Hughes must inquire and try to secure him. Of course, the fit could be right, especially with Martin St-Louis as the coach.


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