Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Stamkos Signs on Dotted Line for Tampa Bay

The new era in Hockey Bay, Florida has officially begun as the new face of the franchise signs a max rookie contract.
"It is with great pleasure that we formally announce the signing of Steven today," vice president of hockey operations Brian Lawton said in a statement.
And they will certainly have enough pleasure to burn when Stamkos torches defenders with his skills. And if the picture to the right is any indication, I believe he can also burn a hole in opposing players' confidence by using the "Stamkos Stare(tm)".
"It is obvious to all of our staff in a brief period of time that Steven is a very special young man with great potential. His work ethic and eagerness to learn have been very impressive. We believe with our veteran leadership that Tampa Bay is the perfect scenario for Steven to grow and mature as a player and person on and off the ice."
When I read that, it makes me wonder what crosses Vinnie Lecavalier's mind. Will he now have to settle for a back seat again while someone else becomes the fan favorite? He has been known to pout, even to the point of publicly feuding with the current ex-coach Torts.

As far as Stamkos goes, he is not the household name that people who don't follow hockey as much would know. Just how much do Tampa Bay plan on promoting their newest #1 overall draft pick? Will we see him in Reebok or Gatorade commercials?

[Via: TSN.ca]
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