Latest move by Tampa Bay could spell the end for Superstar Forward

Published August 22, 2023 at 7:25 PM

The Tampa Bay Lightning have been one of the NHL's best franchises in the 21st century, but unfortunately, their latest salary cap issue may cause one of their biggest stars to walk out the door.

Superstar trio finally done?


For years now, the Lightning have found a way around the salary cap, but after their latest move, they may not be able to do that again.

On Tuesday, the team announced a long-term extension for forward Brandon Hagel, giving him $52 million over eight seasons, and now, according to Cap Friendly, the team is just $13 million under the cap with only 10 forwards, 4 defenseman and one goaltender contracted beyond this season.

Steven Stamkos out?

This now becomes interesting for Steven Stamkos, who is currently earning $8.5 million per season, but with his contract up after this season, it appears there's no logical way for this team to put a team together if they bring him back.

Sure, there's the potential to trade another name, but at this point, it appears Stamkos, who has been with the Lightning since he was drafted first overall back in 2008 could be on the way out after an incredible career with the team.

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Latest move by Tampa Bay could spell the end for Superstar Forward

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