REPORT: Steven Stamkos to stay in Tampa Bay

Jeff Veillette
June 29 2016 02:22PM

The National Hockey League has hit peak insanity today. The Edmonton Oilers traded Taylor Hall for Adam Larsson in what was immediately called the worst 1-for-1 trade in NHL history. Minutes later, the Montreal Canadiens traded PK Subban to Nashville for Shea Weber in what was immediately called a competitor for the worst 1-for-1 trade in NHL history.

It was all fun and games. But now, it looks like the Leafs had a loss of their own, as Steven Stamkos has decided to stay in Tampa Bay.

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Stammergeddon kicks into high gear with rumours of in-person meeting

Jeff Veillette
June 29 2016 12:51PM

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Things are about to get real in Toronto, as the Toronto Sun's Steve Simmons has reported that Steven Stamkos went beyond the reach of Don Meehan's Newport offices to meet with the Toronto Maple Leafs today.

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Matt Martin is underrated, so don't sign him

Jeff Veillette
June 29 2016 10:56AM

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Contrary to popular belief, there are Unrestricted Free Agents on the market that aren't named Steven Stamkos. One of those players is New York Islanders forward Matt Martin, who according to David Pagnotta of The Fourth Period and Arthur Staples of Newsday, has attracted interest from the Toronto Maple Leafs, among other teams.

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Why things didn't go as planned for Stuart Percy

Ryan Hobart
June 29 2016 09:00AM

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The deadline for pending restricted free agents (RFAs) was Monday, June 27th at 5 p.m. The clock moved its hands past the 5 and still, Percy had received no qualifying offer (QO) to return to the Maple Leafs. It must have stung for the former first-round pick of the Leafs, to be indirectly told that he could serve no purpose to the organization he grew up a fan of any longer. 

Brendan Shanahan and company made the decision to issue a QO to Percy, which would have allowed them to retain his RFA rights. This means that come July 1st, Percy will become an unrestricted free agent (UFA), free to sign with any team he chooses. 

How did a 23-year-old player who was once a future top four defenseman drop so far in the depth chart that the Leafs chose to not give him a QO?

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9 Things To Consider about Toronto's RFA Decisions

Jeff Veillette
June 29 2016 07:00AM

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Early yesterday morning, Chris Johnston finally broke through the Lamoriello-run walls of silence and put together a final list of outcomes for the Toronto Maple Leafs' upcoming restricted free agent class. Six players survived, while three will likely move on to greener pastures.

Rather than overwhelm you with information you don't need yet on guys who are either leaving with a whimper or still a little while away from signing contracts, I'll leave you with a single point on each player.

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