Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Lightning sign Stamkos

The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed center Steven Stamkos to a three-year, entry-level contract today, vice president of hockey operations Brian Lawton announced today at a press conference at Bear Mountain Resort in Victoria, British Columbia. Stamkos is currently attending the Lightning’s prospect camp in Victoria.

“It is with great pleasure that we formally announce the signing of Steven today,” Lawton said. “It is obvious to all of our staff in a brief period of time that Steven is a very special young man with great potential. His work ethic and eagerness to learn have been very impressive. We believe with our veteran leadership that Tampa Bay is the perfect scenario for Steven to grow and mature as a player and person on and off the ice.”
>> team release
The Lightning sent me a Seen Stamkos package a few weeks ago that came with a bumper sticker, which I slapped on my guitar case with the rest of them. It's proven pretty popular when I walk around downtown Toronto.

I guess I'm helping get the message out. (Although most people here seem to have an inkling who he is already.)

UPDATE Eric Erlendsson has a good breakdown of the bonus structure of Stamkos's new deal, something that is pretty close to the norm for entry-level deals.

One thing we never seem to see is what entry-level players ultimately get paid. What bonuses, for instance, did Sidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin and Evgeni Malkin hit while under their deals?
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