Lightning and NHL Rumors
The trade rumblings continue, but nothing has happened yet. So why not add some more to the speculation?
Engineering a trade for Steven Stamkos is more difficult than it might sound on the surface. There are salary cap circumstances to consider as well as the actual price tag.
Ahead of the deadline to do so on Monday, the Tampa Bay Lightning have submitted qualifying offers to restricted free agents Vladislav Namestnikov, Andrej Sustr, Phil Paradis, Carter Ashton and Luke Witkowski -- but not Mark Barberio.
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They've been down after game 1 of playoff series in 2015 and have snapped back. The Lightning now face this test again, this time against the Chicago Blackhawks.