While many around the hockey world waited with bated breath anticipating the next move in the Lightning's attempt to get superstar center Steven Stamkos under contract, Tampa Bay general manager Steve Yzerman continues to conduct business in other areas as well on day two of the free agent market. Yzerman held more discussions with the agent for Stamkos on Saturday, but the restricted free agent, who remains free to sign an offer sheet with any other team willing to submit a formal proposal, remains without a contract. "Still in discussions,'' Stamkos agent, Don Meehan, said in an email. But it didn't stop Yzerman from signing a pair of defenseman, including former 2009 Hobey Baker winner Matt Gilroy, and one-time Lightning defenseman Richard Petiot. Each signed one-year deals; Gilroy's is worth $1 million while Petiot signed a two-way deal. The biggest question surrounding the Lightning, however, continues to be the status of Stamkos, who leads the league with 96 goals over the past two seasons. While Tampa Bay retains the right to match any potential offer sheet Stamkos may sign, the threat of the 21-year-old All Star signing one hovers over the negotiations. And whether any team has actually submitted an offer sheet to Stamkos is unknown at this point as questions regarding that matter went unanswered on Saturday. While Yzerman said he was unaware of any potential offersheet, an agent is under no obligation to reveal whether or not an offer sheet has been submitted unless it's signed and filed with the league.
Lightning, Stamkos continue talks
Tampa Tribune | Jul 3