Steven Stamkos, Lightning agree to 8-year deal

Steven Stamkos will remain with the Tampa Bay Lightning, a revelation that came amid an afternoon of blockbuster moves in the NHL on Wednesday afternoon.

Stamkos, the biggest unrestricted free agent in the market, agreed to an eight-season, $68 million contract with the Lightning, according to a person with knowledge of the deal. The person requested anonymity because the contract has not been announced.

While the 26-year-old has been plagued by injuries, he’s one of the league’s top playmakers. Stamkos has 312 goals and 562 points in 569 games in the NHL.

Stamkos has been the Lightning’s captain since 2014. News that Stamkos would remain with the team that drafted him with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft came as  Montreal swapped defenseman P.K. Subban in exchange for Nashville  defenseman Shea Webber, and Edmonton traded former forward Taylor Hall for New Jersey’ defenseman Adam Larsson.

Contributing: A.J. Perez

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