Today, the Tampa Bay Lightning re-signed their captain, Steven Stamkos. Stamkos will receive a fair deal, as winning will make up for less money being dished out to him, plus he is not a great defender, and lastly, he does not show up for the playoffs, so he will get paid for his regular season goal scoring abilities and leadership.
In addition, the chosen one will receive an eight-year deal worth $68 mil, which is $8.5 mil a year. That is perfect, as it will allow the Lightning to potentially re-sign Kucherov and Hedman to long term deals.
Next, the 26-year-old superstar has been known as a goal scorer, as he found the back of the net 312 times in his career (not including playoffs). Interestingly, he has 250 assists, which shocks me, as he has shot the puck 3,335 times. He has played in 569 games. With the Lightning improving every year, his ice time has diminished, but that is okay, as it keeps him fresher at times.
Furthermore, Stammer had a terrific 2015-2016 campaign by playing in 77 games, which in those 77 games, he scored 36 goals and assisted on 28 goals for a total of 64 points. He had eight game-winning goals that led the team.
Finally, Stamkos prefers to win instead of starting all over again like he would have done in Buffalo or Toronto. He loves it in Tampa and prefers to play in the Sunshine State, where there is no state income tax, which is also a factor here with him saying it or not.