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With the Lightning's cap crunch, could Stamkos land in Toronto, Montreal, or Nashville? We analyze the possibilities.

With the Tampa Bay Lightning facing a salary cap squeeze, the hockey world is abuzz with Steven Stamkos trade rumors. The long-time Lightning captain is a free agent this summer, and it’s becoming increasingly likely that he may not be back in Tampa. Re-signing Victor Hedman before he, too, becomes a UFA next year is a priority, leaving little room for Stamkos’ potential raise. So, where could the star center land?

3 possible destinations for Steven Stamkos

1. Toronto Maple Leafs The Leafs are always in the conversation when it comes to marquee free agents. While John Tavares and Mitch Marner are both due for new contracts next summer, Toronto may be tempted to make a big splash now. They tried to sign Stamkos back in 2016 – could a reunion be possible this time?

2. Montreal Canadiens The Canadiens are rebuilding, but adding Stamkos would be a significant acceleration of their plans. It could also be a sentimental move, as Stamkos’ former teammates Martin St. Louis (head coach) and Vincent Lecavalier (special advisor to hockey operations) are with the Habs’ organization.

3. Nashville Predators The Predators are a perennial playoff contender in need of a top-tier goalscorer. Stamkos would fill that need perfectly and provide veteran leadership on a hungry team looking to take the next step.

While these three teams are intriguing, it’s impossible to ignore the allure of staying in Tampa Bay. It’ll be a fascinating summer as Stamkos’ future unfolds.

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