Steven Stamkos, the man who was almost a Ranger must be stopped
Now in the Eastern Conference Final he has 4 goals and 7 points in 5 games. Of course, this could be points he’s scoring for the Rangers instead of against them. Back in his rookie season, Stamkos was almost traded to the Rangers. How close was it? According to Larry Brooks back in 2010, there was a handshake.
Tampa Bay’s co-owner, Len Barrie was in conversations with Glen Sather back in 2008. As per Brooks, he was to choose 2 or 3 players from a list of Ryan Callahan, Brandon Dubinsky, Michael Del Zotto, Evgeny Grachev, and Dan Girardi. Although the final package was not revealed, Barrie made his choices then he and Slats shook on it.
The GM of the Lightning at the time, Brian Lawton who was a former Ranger was not pleased with what Barrie had done. Even though Barrie told Sather he could make the deal, in actuality he needed the approval of his partner.
So the man who could’ve been a Ranger has put the franchise’s back to the wall. The Rangers once wanted Stamkos to be their biggest offensive weapon, now they will need to shut him down.
Still, can you imagine how many Championships he and Lundqvist could have by now? No matter what happens for the rest of this series, one of them will have a chance of getting their first in June.