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Detroit Red Wings appear to be the front runner to land Steven Stamkos


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Tom Banks
June 27, 2024  (11:31)
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Steven Stamkos of the Tampa Bay Lightning.
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After spending the first 16 years of his career in Tampa Bay, it appears Stanley Cup winner Steven Stamkos may have an intriguing new home in 2024-25.

The rumblings date back to last off-season, but now it's all but confirmed that long time captain Steven Stamkos will officially depart the Tampa Bay Lightning this summer after a decorated career. The 34-year old played 1,082 games with the Lightning after being drafted No. 1 overall and leading them to two Stanley Cups, and now, he's drawing plenty of interest from the Detroit Red Wings.
Chris Johnston on Stamkos/UFA (Insider Trading): "One I would keep an eye on is the Detroit Red Wings who have freed up money with the Jake Walman trade they made this week, the belief is they are one of the ones lining up to take a run at #91 if he hits the open market"

According to TSN's Chris Johnston, the Red Wings freeing up money could lead to the veteran signing in free agency, and if he does indeed part ways with Tampa Bay, it's a move that makes sense.
Sure, the Red Wings haven't made the playoffs in eight years now, but with a talented young roster needing a leader, if they could land Stamkos, who had 40 goals and 81 points a season ago, it would be a major splash that puts them into contention in the East.
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