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Steven Stamkos signs 5-year deal

Updated: July 19, 2011, 8:48 PM ET
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TAMPA, Fla. -- All-Star center Steven Stamkos signed a five-year, $37.5 million contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday, two months after helping the team make a surprising run to the Eastern Conference finals.

Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman announced the deal, saying that even though the deal took several months to come together that there never was a doubt that Stamkos -- a restricted free agent -- would remain with the team.

"I never even thought of looking ...

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