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BREAKING: Steven Stamkos reportedly staying with the Tampa Bay Lightning (with updates)

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Stop. It’s Stammertime. And he’s here to stay.

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The Steven Stamkos Sweepstakes has come to a screeching halt before Friday’s free agency frenzy opens. He’s staying with the Tampa Bay Lightning after all.

In a five-minute span where the hockey universe went a little haywire by way of transactions (Taylor Hall to New Jersey Devils LOL and PK Subban to Nashville OMG), TSN’s Bob McKenzie said Stamkos will return to Florida.

Earlier in the day, Steve Simmons had reported that Stamkos had met the Maple Leafs at MLSE headquarters in Toronto on Monday along with the mayor of Toronto and the CEO of Canadian Tire, presumably to talk endorsements.

Although the teams that expressed interested for the Lightning captain spanned from Buffalo, to his hometown Toronto, to Detroit and all the way to Vancouver, it appears many of those teams weren’t even given the chance to make their pitches.

Now, the biggest name ever who was on the brink of free agency is staying right where he is. And the numbers that had been reported all along is what he’s expected to sign for.

Welcome back, Stammer! Not that you ever really left. Except that you’re in Toronto. Because it’s the offseason.

Update:

Tampa Bay Times’ Joe Smith has confirmed the news as well. Breathe easy now.

Pack your bags, everyone!

This is a no-brainer. Arby's, though?

We thiiiiink we know what this is about. Bit vague.

Ink has yet to be poured on those papers though.

Jason Garrison only tweets in emoji.

Signed, sealed and delivered!

And the numbers are in.