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.
FWIW, after that Stamkos piece went up, a good source said he really thinks Stamkos could go to Leafs in '16 & said it'd take a max contract
— Adam Proteau (@Proteautype) July 12, 2014
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.