Tampa: Langkow, Kotalik, Nemisz, 1st 2011
Langkow and Kotalik both have 2 years left. compared to Lacavalier's 10. They still get a good prospect and a pick and then can afford to sign Stamkos long term. I just have a hard time thinking there will be much better offers given that that contract is a nightmare.
You can pretty much eliminate 20-25 of the teams in the league that can't afford his 10 million salary or fit his 7.7 million cap hit under the salary cap or waive his no trade clause to go to. Realistically the only teams that would be interested are: Montreal, New York Rangers, Edmonton, Calgary, Toronto and maybe St. Louis, Colorado, and LA.
Montreal, New York are probably the most likely, but Tampa would still have to take back Gomez from MTL or Redden or Dury from NYR and wouldn't get much better in terms of picks or prospects.
Tampa: Gomez, Weber, 1st 2010
Tampa: Drury, Stepan, Mcdonaugh
Given the length and dollar amount that is the worst contract in the NHL. If Vinny returns to form then things change but as of right now that contract would screw a lot of teams for the future.]]>
………………. Lemaire might pull if off though. Tampa has some nice pieces, in Hedman, Stamkos, St.louis, Malone and Lacavalier (if he wasent overpaid). That team has a chance with some decent coaching. Kinda like the Phoenix Coyotes
though again, the Lacavalier contract is a killer]]>