There are some rumours floating down the information super highway that Steven Stamkos may be available for either a trade or as an unrestricted free agent on July 1st.
When that talk first emerged earlier this hockey season I thought, “good for whatever team lands him.”
But today, some hockey insiders are saying our Vancouver Canucks could be a team that take a serious run at the Tampa Bay Lightning goal scorer.
Rob Williams of VancityBuzz break down why he thinks the Canucks *could* maybe be the team for Steven Stamkos.
Williams points to some hockey insiders, namely Elliot Friedman and Pierre LeBrun, who both mention Vancouver as a city that could land the free agent. He also talks about the cap space issues and the fact that the Canucks are increasingly looking like a team that could clear enough. The Canucks have some high value UFAs going to market on July 1st (if not traded sooner by the deadline).
Williams writes in VancityBuzz,
“Acquiring Stamkos would be a game-changer for the franchise. A player like Stamkos comes available about once every ten years, and the chance to get him without giving up draft picks or players would mean the world to the Canucks.
Landing Stamkos would leave the Canucks with an overload of centres, with Henrik Sedin, Bo Horvat, Jared McCann, and Brandon Sutter still in the stable. They could move McCann for a good haul, perhaps for a good young defenceman that they desperately need.
Stamkos wouldn’t make the Canucks Cup contenders immediately, but he would set them up well for the next 10 years. He would also ensure a window of opportunity for the Sedins to win a Stanley Cup before they retire.”
And the Stamkos news today is that Tampa Bay Lightning GM Steve Yzerman won’t be trading Stamkos before the end of the year.
Williams says pretty much every team in the NHL that can afford in on the Stamkos sweepstakes will want in, and the Canucks will be just one of the many….but….
Canucks nation, do we dare to dream?