Nashville gave the
But the last plastic cup has been swept off Broadway, and
The biggest decision belongs to the
Stamkos said during last week's All-Star media session he wants to stay with the Lightning, which won eight of 10 before the break.
"I've said this all along and I said it before the season started, I always envisioned winning a championship in Tampa," he said. "Obviously, some of this stuff with the contract, that's going to play out and whatever happens, happens.
"I'm the captain of this team and I have said from day one, I am the captain of this team and I want to win in Tampa. I love it in Tampa. We've got a great organization, a great owner, a great young team that can be competitive for a long time, and I want to be a part of that for sure."
He reportedly has been offered an eight-year deal worth $68 million, short of the eight-year, $80-million extension the Kings gave to center Anze Kopitar.
As players return Tuesday, all seven Canada-based franchises are out of playoff spots. The
Mark your calendar
Don't fret if you didn't get your fill when the NHL locked out its players in 1994, 2004 and 2012. There's a chance another
"In all the cap sports in all of recent history, there has always been a lockout. Always, always, always, always, always,"
Fehr was involved in several work stoppages while he headed the Major League Baseball Players Assn.
So there's that to look forward to.
• Calgary defenseman
• The NHL launched redesigned platforms for NHL.com, the NHL app and NHL.TV. The website is much easier to navigate.
No. 1 draft pick Connor McDavid, who broke his collarbone in early November, was recalled by Edmonton from a minor league assignment that let him experience some contact. He could return to the