This article is part of our From the Press Box series.While trade deadline day itself was not full of big names on the move, the run-up to this period did see some solid moves made by contending teams. Let's take a look at them and review the pending UFA list in light of those transactions – and others that did not happen.
Topping the list of UFAs who didn't move is of course Steven Stamkos, whose situation has been highly publicized all season long. Publicly, he has stated his desire to be in Tampa and win a Stanley cup there. It seems a given that the Lightning will be in the postseason as one of the strongest clubs in the Eastern Conference. Tampa GM Steve Yzerman was not involved in any deals in recent days and has been idle in that regard for much of this season – but no fewer than 15 of Tampa's current roster of 23 players will see their existing contracts expire between this season and next year.
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