Steven Stamkos Re-Signing Great for Lightning, Terrible for Free-Agency Drama

June 29th, 2016 by Adrian Dater Leave a reply »

Man, what a time it's going to be Friday at noon Eastern. What a free-agent frenzy this will be! There's a big fish to catch, more like a whale, and it's going to be the greatest reality show of the summer, with former 60-goal scorer Steven Stamkos—Steven Stamkos!—about to hit the open mark...wait, what's that? Stamkos just re-signed with the Tampa Bay Lightning? 

Oh. OK then. Well, maybe there's a rerun of Seinfeld on then or something. 

Wow, talk about a buzzkill. With one fell swoop of Stamkos' pen on a new contract Wednesday with the Lightning, the excitement promised for Friday went from the dramatic equivalent of Macbeth to Keeping Up with the Kardashians. 

That sobbing you hear from up north is from Canadian sports television executives, not to mention the approximately 4,845 "Insider" hockey rumor blogs that were set to report breathless details of Stamkos' supposed every move after becoming a free man at noon. 

Wait, did our telephoto lens just catch Stamkos making the sign of a Maple Leaf with his finger? What's he holding a lightsaber for? We know he' ...

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