Bob McKenzie was on Montreal’s TSN 690 on Wednesday morning.
On the suggestion that a team like the Toronto Maple Leafs could offer Steven Stamkos less than the league maximum per year, but then have corporate partners chip in another $5-6 million to help bring Stamkos in, and if McKenzie thinks this is something that could actually happen:
“Probably not. I mean, Steven Stamkos right now is one of the most marketable hockey players in the world and he’s already got massive deals in Canada on every level. He’s already getting all of that from sponsors by not being a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs.
“So I don’t think that’s going to be the defining thing that would say, ‘Oh, I can get 16 or $18 million and circumvent it.’
“If he wants that money, it’s there to be had. He’s already taking advantage of that. I mean, you only have to watch a Sport Chek commercial, or some of the other things that Steven Stamkos is involved in. He’s front and center as a member of the Tampa Bay Lightning.
“I suppose you could always argue he could get more if he was a Toronto Maple Leaf, but if he wants more he can get it. He doesn’t have to come to Toronto necessarily to get that.”
Source: TSN 690/ Transcript: Nichols