Ranking the Potential Destinations for Steven Stamkos

February 6th, 2016 by Lyle Richardson Leave a reply »
The contract negotiations between the Tampa Bay Lightning and pending free-agent center Steven Stamkos is attracting considerable interest among NHL fans and pundits. Some, including The Tampa Tribune's Erik Erlendsson, are speculating over potential destinations for the superstar sniper if he isn't re-signed before the Feb. 29 trade deadline. 

As the Lightning hope to return to the Stanley Cup Final this season, it seems doubtful they'll trade Stamkos. It's also unlikely he'll waive his no-movement clause. However, if negotiations break down between now and the Feb. 29 trade deadline, it's possible he could be on the move.

A two-time winner of the Maurice Richard Trophy, Stamkos is among the NHL's top goal scorers. If he becomes available, there will be considerable interest from rival clubs. However, only a handful potential teams have the resources (salary-cap space, depth in promising players and draft picks) to land him.  

The following slideshow ranks the potential destinations for Steven Stamkos. Feel free to weigh in with your thoughts in the comments section below. 

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