Traded to Tampa Bay by Nashville for Tampa Bay's 8th round choice (Pekka Rinne) in 2004 Entry Draft, February 25, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Kloten (Swiss), June 17, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Washington, August 9, 2006. Traded to Buffalo by Washington with Dainius Zubrus for Jiri Novotny and Buffalo's 1st round choice (later traded to San Jose - San Jose selected Nicholas Petrecki) in 2007 Entry Draft, February 27, 2007. Signed as a free agent by Lugano (Swiss), June 4, 2007.
[Stamkos] is a great teammate and a great leader, that's why he's got the 'C'. He brings that tremendous work ethic to the rink and he's one of the top players in the game. I know if I put the passes where they are supposed to be, there's a very good chance he's going to put it in the back of the net.
— Lightning forward Jonathan Drouin on linemate Steven Samkos
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