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Tampa Bay Lightning, Steven Stamkos headed toward a split

TAMPA - The most popular and productive player in Tampa Bay Lightning franchise history appears set to head to the free agent market.

Unless there is a seismic shift by one side or the other in the next number of hours, Steven Stamkos will be headed to free agency, which opens July 1 at noon. Even after Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Julien BriseBois made two significant moves on Saturday to open up a considerable amount of salary cap space, that cap space appears allocated elsewhere, including a pending extension for defenseman Victor Hedman.

BriseBois indicated on Saturday after ...

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