Hedman right behind Stamkos as a priority for Tampa Bay Lightning

TAMPA - Eight years ago Steven Stamkos was scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent that set off all sorts of speculation.

Eight years ago, there wasn't much talk surrounding the status of defenseman Victor Hedman, who was about to enter the final year his contract.

As the Tampa Bay Lightning wrapped things up this season, it feels a little like deja vu all over again.

All the focus - deservedly so - is on the the status of Stamkos. Coming off another 40-goal season in his 16th year with the Lightning, Stamkos expressed some frustration at the start of training camp that there wer...


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