Steven Stamkos is the NHL’s most dangerous goal scorer. The center is Tampa Bay’s franchise player. Stamkos, bypassed by Team Canada for the 2010 Olympics, will be the team’s go-to shooter in Sochi next February. Stamkos is a friendly, engaging, and approachable young man. The 23-year-old represents his employer and his sport as well as any player in the league.
Stamkos, however, will have to wait to assume Tampa’s captaincy.
On Tuesday, the Lightning introduced Martin St. Louis as their new captain. The former University of Vermont star replaces Bolt buyout Vincent Lecavalier, who will be paid more than $32 million not to return to Tampa. The Lightning made the announcement at a fan event in St. Petersburg, Fla. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
Fluto Shinzawa can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @GlobeFluto. Material from interviews, wire services, other beat writers, and league and team sources was used in this report.