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From the Branches: Stamkos! Stamkos! Stamkos!

Can it be July 1st already?

TORONTO - OCTOBER 7: Mikael Tellqvist #32 of the Toronto Maple Leafs skates against the Montreal Canadiens during their NHL game at the Air Canada Centre on October 7, 2006 in Toronto, Ontario. The Canadiens beat the Leafs 3-2 in a shootout
TORONTO - OCTOBER 7: Mikael Tellqvist #32 of the Toronto Maple Leafs skates against the Montreal Canadiens during their NHL game at the Air Canada Centre on October 7, 2006 in Toronto, Ontario. The Canadiens beat the Leafs 3-2 in a shootout
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About 12 hours ago Elliot Friedman dropped this on his return from vacation.

However, approximately two weeks ago, a rumour made the rounds that there were trade talks involving Stamkos before the draft.

Wow Elliot, welcome back.

I"m not one to fan rumours, no not at all, however I'll fan this one like I'm tryiong to light a signal fire.

LIGHTNING KNOW STAMKOS IS COMING HOME AND ARE PLANNING FOR IT! YEAH BABY!

Here are some more links that may or may not be about Stamkos

The angles and complications on Steven Stamkos' future with the Lightning - Raw Charge

What happens when KHL team refuses to pay its players? (Puck Daddy Interview) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports

TLN's Top 20 Leafs Prospects: The Final List | The LeafsNation

Toronto Maple Leafs Top 5: Best Goaltenders of All Time | The LeafsNation

2015 Top 25 Under 25: Community vote results - Eyes On The Prize

Down Goes Brown: Lessons from the NHL's summer on fiscal sanity

Ladd or Byfuglien? The Jets should choose Ladd - Arctic Ice Hockey

This week is dull but on the weekend the Leafs rookie tournament is in London, ON and it's Maple Leafs FanFest. What a time to be alive.