The One Puck Short Podcast is jolted back in to life following a seismic week in the NHL during which P.K. Subban and Taylor Hall were traded while Steven Stamkos stayed in the sun.
Tampa Bay overcame injuries, and the loss of one of its most iconic players, last season to finish 3rd in the East and return to the play-offs after a two year absence.
With superstar sniper Steven Stamkos and netminder Ben Bishop healthy again, Jon Cooper’s side have every chance at building on that success this season.
Steven Stamkos was tied for the lead in goals (14) and points (23) heading in to tonights game with Boston.
A first period collision with the goal post may have ended the superstars season however.
As we always see before a new season kicks off, a host of star players were hailed as potential Hart trophy winners by bloggers, pundits and mainstream media veterans – I even had my own little punt on who I thought might be in the Hart talk come seasons end.
By the half way mark, there was a clear leader – Sidney Crosby. He was a lock for the Hart after 24 games of this shortened season.
Crosby is still among the favourites to lift the trophy awarded to the player judged to be ‘most valuable to his team’. But a broken jaw has sidelined the Penguins captain, probably for the remainder of the regular season, blowing the Hart Trophy race WIDE open. Read the rest of this entry
As I love to do (fuel my ego! FUEL IT! MWAH HA HA HA HA etc), before the new season kicked off I did a standard (i.e. everyone does it) prediction blog on who I thought would be in the frame for the individual awards this season.
At the midway stage of this 48 game schedule, time to revisit those predictions and see how hilariously wrong I was (or not in some cases – back slaps for me), as well as picking my mid-season award winners. Read the rest of this entry
With the puck set to drop on Saturday night, the
2012/2013 NHL season will finally (FINALLY!!!) get under way!
As is befitting of the quiet before the storm, everyone has their predictions for the coming season. Which teams will excel, who is in line for a break out year and which sorry souls will suffer at the foot of the standings.
And so, for your consideration, I dish out my own predictions for the coming campaign – starting with the individual awards. Read the rest of this entry
With Brad Richards happily house hunting in New York, and the majority of the other more interesting UFAs signed, the thought of another three months without hockey has made some folk delusional it seems.
Steven Stamkos will NOT be leaving Tampa Bay!
Can we please stop this now?
I can certainly accept the idea someone may make a move for Drew Doughty, one the Kings might not be able to match. There’s a few other RFAs, and even UFAs, who may find themselves in the middle of a tug-of-war between two teams as things progress and ‘holes’ in rosters are identified.
But there is no way on Earth Stamkos is not in a Lightning shirt next season.
Whilst different people report different ‘facts’ as to how close Stamkos and the Bolts are to signing a deal, there is no way Lightning General Manager Steve Yzerman will allow a young man yet to truly reach his prime, but already a 50 goal scorer, to leave FLA.
The issue is not so much one of cap space per say – the Bolts have around $15 million of cap space and already have 20 players signed, so even getting Stamkos signed with a hit of $10 million+ is not a serious issue in cap terms. The problem is more the real world balance sheet of the franchise and where it’s bottom line hovers – in the black, or in the red….
Thing is, even if another club comes in with a large offer sheet you can expect Tampa to match it.
Stamkos is arguable the third biggest name in the NHL now, after Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin. He is certainly among the top handful if nothing else and is therefore one of the most marketable players in the whole league (see his role as EA Sports NHL12 cover star).
He’s also the face of the franchise in Tampa and the club has already started to use his ever growing reputation to sell tickets (see the ‘Seen Stamkos?’ campaign).
So a 50-goal scorer, the face of the franchise (perhaps even a future captain), one of the most marketable players in the game and people really think Tampa will let him go? C’mon!