BY: John Mamola

With the story of LeBron James going home to play for the Cleveland Cavaliers for the next two season, some media in Toronto began to speculate if a certain NHL player who plays for the Tampa Bay Lightning might do the same in the near future.

That certain NHL player is none other than Steven Stamkos was at the center of that speculation across the border with our friends to the north.  The Lightning captain could be an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2016, and could consider heading home to play for his hometown Maple Leafs.

Stamkos however is focused on next season rather than down the road.

"We'll see what happens. It's a couple years away," Stamkos said Wednesday. "Right now I'm focused on what I have to do to win in Tampa, and I think we've really established ourselves as a team that can compete in upcoming years.

"For me, that's the important thing is getting a chance to win. It looks like we're going to have that chance for a couple years."

Stamkos said that the Stanley Cup is his priority now and it’s something he believes Bolts General Manager Steve Yzerman is on track to piecing a team together to win one.

"We have a good thing going down in Tampa," Stamkos said at a Coca-Cola ball-hockey promotional event. "We have a great owner, we got a great GM in Steve Yzerman and we got a good young team. I want to win, and hopefully I can do it in Tampa."

Stamkos said with the additions of Brian Boyle and  Anton Stralman and the re-signing of winger Ryan Callahan, the Lightning are probably better on paper than they were at the end of last season.









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