Signed as a free agent by Washington, May 26, 2009. Traded to Florida by Washington with Washington's 3rd round choice (Jonathan Racine) in 2011 Entry Draft for Dennis Wideman, February 28, 2011. Traded to Dallas by Florida with Florida's 5th round choice (Henri Kiviaho) in 2012 Entry Draft for Krys Barch and Dallas' 6th round choice (later traded to Nashville Nahville selected Simon Fernholm) in 2012 Entry Draft, December 7, 2011.
[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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