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'Nothing new' on Stamkos, Yzerman says

Lightning GM 'doing all we can to sign' captain before he becomes free agent July 1

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BUFFALO -- There is "nothing new to report" on the contract status of Tampa Bay LIghtning captain Steven Stamkos, who can become an unrestricted free agent July 1, general manager Steve Yzerman said Thursday.

Yzerman, who is here for an NHL general managers meeting and the 2016 NHL Draft on Friday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports) and Saturday (10 a.m. ET; NHLN, SN, TVA Sports 2), told the Tampa Bay Times earlier this week he hopes to have a firm handle on where things stand with Stamkos "sooner than later."

"Obviously, [Stamkos'] situation has a significant impact on what we do moving forward, and what we can do," Yzerman said. "We're doing all we can to sign him."

Stamkos, 26, had 36 goals and 64 points in 77 games this season. He has 312 goals and 562 points in eight seasons with Tampa Bay, including a 60-goal season in 2011-12, a 51-goal season in 2009-10 and two 40-goal seasons.

He missed all but one of the Lightning's Stanley Cup Playoff games this season after having surgery for a blood clot in April.

Asked Thursday if he had a feeling which way the Stamkos talks would go, Yzerman laughed and said, "Not that I really want to share with anybody."

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