Apr 16, 2014; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos (91) looks up against the Montreal Canadiens during the third period in game one of the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Tampa Bay Times Forum. Montreal Canadiens defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-4. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Steven Stamkos or P.K. Subban To The Toronto Maple Leafs? Will It Ever Happen?

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Alright, it’s time for crazy rumors.

In the days since Lebron James returned to his hometown Cleveland Cavaliers, all the talk around the sports world that doesn’t include the World Cup has been geared towards James. Well, Adam Proteau of the Hockey News had his own view of the festivities.

He wonders if the Toronto Maple Leafs will ever have their own Lebron? As in, will the Leafs ever have a young, still in their prime NHL impact player come home to play for the Leafs.

Proteau mentions Steven Stamkos, P. K. Subban and John Tavares as current NHL stars that hail from the Greater Toronto Area. He also mentions that the Leafs have a tough time trying to bring in star players that are from Toronto unless they are way past their prime (Joe Nieuwendyk, Shayne Corson) or overpayed (David Clarkson).

Then this appeared on Twitter yesterday, courtesy of Proteau.

So let it begin. Stamkos is coming to the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2016, or not. Of course, with Stamkos a unrestricted free agent after the 2015-16 season, until the moment he re-signs with the Tampa Bay Lightning (if he indeed does), the speculation will run rampant.

Will the Leafs ever have their own Lebron? Will a player like Stamkos ever consider playing for their hometown Leafs? Who knows? We might not ever find out.

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