Steven Stamkos: Could Philadelphia Flyers Acquire Him Without Destroying Depth?

July 8th, 2011 by Jason Sapunka Leave a reply »
Steven Stamkos has scored more goals than anyone in the NHL over the past two seasons.

More than a week after the July 1 opening of free agency, the 21-year-old superstar is still an unsigned restricted free agent (RFA).

With each passing day that Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman fails to sign Stamkos, the imagined destinations for the scorer multiply—and seemingly become more likely.

Ed Snider's Philadelphia Flyers have been dedicated to winning the franchise's third Stanley Cup since losing the Cup to the Montreal Canadiens in 1976 after back-to-back titles.

Though Philadelphia has little cap space to work with, the Flyers would undoubtedly love to have a young superstar on their team if possible.

The highest cap hit in the NHL is Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals at $9.54 million, with Pittsburgh Penguins Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin tied for second with $8.7 million cap hits. It's not unreasonable to believe that Stamkos could go in that range.

If the Flyers were to acquire Stamkos through either a trade or offer sheet, a few aspects of the deal are certain. Philadelphia would ...

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