Lightning captain Steven Stamkos comments on his uncertain future

Tom Banks
May 1, 2024  (7:33 PM)

Steven Stamkos, captain of the Tampa Bay Lightning.
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Steven Stamkos has been the leader of the Tampa Bay Lightning for 16 years, but his recent comments suggest that time may be coming to an end.

After a disappointing playoff run a season ago, the Tampa Bay Lightning expected big things in 2023-24, but unfortunately, they didn't make it past the first round once again. Now, they head into the off-season with plenty of questions to answer, with none bigger than the future of long-time captain Steven Stamkos.
With reports that he is upset over how the team have handled his situation, many believe Stamkos may have played his last game in Tampa Bay, and now, No. 91 has commented on his upcoming free agency;
"Obviously, certain things have changed now," he explained when discussing a potential new deal. "I have an amazing young family that has put roots down in this city and I really enjoy living here and playing here. From that perspective, the decision is more than just me now."

"There's different factors than there were last time (I was at the end of my contract), but nothing's really changed in terms of my mindset and where I wanted to be and play and that was here. That certainly hasn't changed."
Stamkos was the No. 1 overall pick for Tampa Bay way back in 2008, and has exceeded all expectations since, playing in 1,082 games for the team and bringing them two Stanley Cups. Unfortunately, the team have already handed out some huge long-term extensions, and with that combined with his frustration and recent comments, it appears as though we will see him in a new uniform next season.
Source: Hockey Feed