It is your right to worry. It is your nature to obsess.

As a devoted fan of a hockey team that only recently awoke from a five-year nap, you have every right to be concerned about free agent comings and — mostly — goings at the St. Pete Times Forum this summer.

So gather your frustration, round up your angst, and get your nervous twitches in working order. Just try not to point any of them in the direction of Steven Stamkos.

Sure, on some level, the idea that Stamkos remains unsigned is a minor curiosity. But it is not worthy of your panic, and probably never will be. Stamkos almost certainly will be skating around in training camp before you know it.

However, the same cannot be said for Simon Gagne. Or Sean Bergenheim. Or Mike Smith, for that matter. The Stamkos soap opera may be a distraction this summer, but the departures of Gagne and Bergenheim are real hits to the Lightning offense.

In terms of sheer contracts walking out the door, only four teams have lost a more valuable collection of players than Tampa Bay this offseason.

Now this doesn't mean Steve Yzerman has had his head buried in the ice the past month. He got Eric Brewer and Dwayne Roloson re-signed, and those deals trailed only Stamkos' contract on the GM's list of summer chores. He also brought in Mathieu Garon to replace Smith as the backup goaltender and has signed a handful of other lesser names.

But if you've been waiting for the big splash, it has yet to come. And if last year is any indication, it might be several weeks before it arrives.

The Lightning has neither the resources nor the cap space, when you consider Stamkos' and Victor Hedman's next deals, to spend wildly in the free agent market.