In a perfect world, every team in the NHL would like Steven Stamkos on their roster.
But in reality, there’s only going to be one team that ends up with him when he hits free agency on July 1st.
Where it is is anybody’s best guess. There’s been rumours of front-runners and dark horses emerging, but until his deal is finalized, there will be theories swirling everywhere about where Stamkos is going, how much he’ll sign for, and why.
From the wonderful world of hockey Twitter, here’s a take from each fanbase on why Stamkos should go to their city.
The Andersen trade gives Anaheim more than enough cap relief to have a go at Stamkos, plus the Carlyle connection, makes them front runners
— Death Wanter (@lvanProvorov) June 20, 2016
I don’t really know what the alleged Carlyle connection with Stamkos is, considering Stamkos and Carlyle were never in the same organization at the same time. Interesting theory, though.
Stamkos isn’t going Coyotes’ way, I know that, but we CAN offer year-round golf.
— zachary.isaacs (@cemeteryfox) June 25, 2016
There’s very few Coyotes fans making a pitch for Stamkos online, but Zachary does make a good point.
Saying the Bruins shouldn’t sign Stamkos because they need D is like saying “No thanks on the Lamborghini, my Kia just needs an oil change.”
— Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) June 28, 2016
Hockey GIFer Pete Blackburn with the well-reasoned arguments.
Stamkos can’t refuse living in the same town as Rex Ryan no chance he declines the sabres offer
— Cal (@calcouell19) June 28, 2016
Even though he probably could refuse, that offer does seem tempting.
Could the #Flames sign Steven Stamkos? (No.)
— Ryan Pike (@RyanNPike) June 28, 2016
FlamesNation.com‘s own Ryan Pike shutting down the rumours, ladies and gentlemen!
I can’t wait for Steven Stamkos to at long last take his place as #1 Center of the Carolina Hurricanes. It’s been destined to happen.
— Skyler W. (@SkyonAir_) June 25, 2016
Destiny. I guess that settles it.
If the Blackhawks find a way to troll the NHL and sign Stamkos I’ll put soda in my water cup at McDonald’s and record it
— J (@__Baun) May 27, 2016
Well, I’d love to see that video.
— Han Solo Shot First (@DanRS87) June 28, 2016
That Does Sound Like A Good Idea.
Columbus Blue Jackets
Steven Stamkos, “I want to play for the Columbus Blue Jackets”
— Daan (@0hioan) May 27, 2016
Note the date. Things may change over time, but this is probably legit.
Stamkos to Dallas? Cut niemi to free up cap space ????
— #BishopWatch (@Xfog_Hut) June 6, 2016
I don’t think this fan understands how contracts work in the NHL, but interesting take nonetheless.
FW: Jim Nill
Detroit Red Wings
STAMKOS TO DETROIT. ILL GIVE UP MY JOB AND WORK AS A PEASANT ON THE STREETS OF WADENA SELLING DAY OLD BOSTON CREMES
— Shain (@shezzzbomb16) June 28, 2016
In terms of financial decisions in Detroit, this probably still ranks above all those one-year deals to Dan Cleary.
Can you imagine if can convince stamkos to play on the right side of McDavid for a discount!? Why would we need D period! #Oilers
— Peter Iggulden (@piggulden) June 28, 2016
I could imagine the Edmonton Oilers without defence. It’s called the Edmonton Oilers.
Panthers GM said pursuing F Steven stamkos is not a priority right now. Let me know what is then. CMON MAN!!! @FlaPanthers
— google (@anthonypecorar2) June 27, 2016
Los Angeles Kings
— Jon Rosen (@lakingsinsider) June 24, 2016
If some crazy miracle happened and Stamkos came to Minnesota I’d drop out and live under the bleachers at the excel
— Hustin Aouge (@Austin21Houge) June 28, 2016
Fav’d for further reference.
Weise is getting a lot of interest but I think the Habs have enough of that kind of player now.
Should be Perron, Ladd, Stamkos they hunt.
— BrianWilde (@BWildeCTV) June 28, 2016
Maybe it’s just me, but I don’t think Perron and Ladd fit into the same category as Stamkos. MAYBE IT’S JUST ME.
— Mark Hulicius (@Huliciusm) June 28, 2016
Secret contracts getting written into the next CBA.
New Jersey Devils
Also, I hope Steven Stamkos comes to the Devils for next season! I really want him on the Devils very bad and so as Scott Gomez!!!!!!!!!!!!
— Matty Brighton (@brightmatty) June 18, 2016
New York Islanders
If #isles sign stamkos I will legit do a backflip off my room into a pool full of blue and orange Jell-O
— steve (@szisles) June 26, 2016
I just hope your room’s on the first floor.
New York Rangers
If the Rangers get Stamkos, I will hit the roof. https://t.co/zXqWyUqcfo
— Boy Tweets World (@DaTeamOnMyBack8) June 19, 2016
Watch out, roof.
Great move trading Chiasson today because now the Sens have room to bring in Stamkos.
— Mike Wheeler (@TheMikeWheeler) June 28, 2016
11:13 Stamkos to reunite with former teammate, Jonathan Drouin, in philly
— ي (@IbraFaithful) April 10, 2016
— Nick T (@tomcat1771) June 24, 2016
Imagine being a Penguins fan trying to acquire another superstar. Just think about that.
San Jose Sharks
@HayesTSN BTW. What about Marleau retires and Stamkos signs with the Sharks?!
— Ryan Olson (@olsonhead) June 4, 2016
St. Louis Blues
@SimonTSN690 Blues Blues Blues. Stamkos to St Louis if a Team in the West. No??
— Josh Tordjman (@JTORCHMAN) June 23, 2016
Blues Blues Blues. Stamkos to St Louis if a Team in the West. No??
Tampa Bay Lightning
Stamkos won’t stay in Tampa because he is sick of me Photoshopping George Michael wigs on him and calling him Whamkos
— levi (@Levieatsfood) June 28, 2016
The real reason Stamkos is leaving…
Toronto Maple Leafs
Whatever Stamkos decides I hope he doesn’t drag this out til like August.
— Steve Dangle Glynn (@Steve_Dangle) June 28, 2016
You’re not wrong, Steve.
— Vancouver Canucks (@VanCanucks) June 28, 2016
Too much gossip can be costly: The Jim Benning Diaries
Short and sweet.
@Capitals Stamkos pls
— david. (@davidelohel) June 25, 2016
Let’s see some projected jets lines now (with and w/o Stamkos)
— College Football Wpg (@Wpg_CFB_Fans) June 25, 2016
College Football Winnipeg seems like an incredibly niche account, considering there’s no college football in Winnipeg.
And lastly, there’s one other place that could reallistically pay (or at least promise to pay) Stamkos NHL money:
Stamkos gonna sign in the KHL
— #jontent (@YakovMironov) December 9, 2015
Where do you think he ends up?