How Close Is Stamkos To Being Face Of Bolts?

by Gary Shelton on November 10, 2014 · 0 comments

in Tampa Bay Lightning

Tampa Bay bolt in circle_Bolts logoWith every shift, he comes closer. With every goal, this franchise becomes closer to being his.

How long, then, will it be before Steven Stamkos is remembered as the finest Bolt of them all?

And how does March 13, 2017 sound to everyone?

It is a tricky thing, this comparing of today and yesterday, of moments vs. memories. We tend to remember what we have seen most recently. When Stamkos flashes in front of your eyes, and when he scorches a shot into the upper corner of the net, it is human nature to think that no one has been that good before. When that distinctive profile of his is grinning in the arena lights, it is easy to think no one has been this dynamic. Ever.

Not even Martin St. Louis or Vinny Lecavalier. Not Brad Richards or Brian Bradley. Not Nikolai Khabibulen or Dave Andreychuk.

No one.

Of course, that isn’t quite right, either. Lecavalier had 383 goals here. St. Louis had 365. They won a Cup here. St. Louis won a Hart. Lecavalier finished fourth. Yeah, it is certainly understandable if you suggest that Stamkos more work to do.

But how much more?

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