Mar 22, 2016; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos (91) skates with the puck during the first period at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Steven Stamkos Staying In Tampa Bay

Rumors were spreading about the teams that were planning to pursue Tampa Bay Lightning center and captain Steven Stamkos. The Detroit Red Wings. The Boston Bruins. The Buffalo Sabres. The Vancouver Canucks. The Toronto Maple Leafs. With Stamkos set to become an unrestricted free agent on Friday, competition was going to be fierce for the former number one overall draft pick and two-time Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy (awarded to the NHL’s top goal scorer) winner.

But, in the end, none of that mattered. The Lightning resigned Stamkos Wednesday to an eight-year deal. Sources say the deal is worth $8.5 million annually.

Bolts general manager Steve Yzerman said he was surprised the deal got done so quickly.

The signing is a plus for a Bolts team that was just one game away from the Stanley Cup Final last season. Tampa Bay ultimately lost to the eventual Stanley Cup champions, the Pittsburgh Penguins, in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

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