Tampa Bay Lightning Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman issued the following statement regarding the status of team star forward Steven Stamkos:
“As February 29th approaches, I am stating today that Steven Stamkos will not be traded before the NHL’s trade deadline. I have said repeatedly that it is our hope to reach an agreement with Steven on a new contract at some point, and with 27 games remaining in the season, our entire organization, Steven included, wants to focus on making the playoffs. I will keep the negotiating process strictly between the involved parties and have no further comment on the state of those negotiations.”
Stamkos has been the object of trade speculation this season as rumors surface regarding complicated contract negotiations for the franchises star forward.
With the NHL trade deadline fast approaching later this month (February 29th) speculation and inquires start to heat up. This release from the Tampa Bay Lightning is a way for the team to not waste time with inquires for the player from other teams or from media trying to get confirmation regarding rumors.