Originally posted on Fox Sports Florida
By Andrew Astleford  |  Last updated 3/6/14
TAMPA, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Lightning didn't take long to name a new captain, and the choice was logical: Steven Stamkos. Stamkos, 24, was introduced as the 10th captain in franchise history before the Lightning opened a six-game homestand against the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday night at Tampa Bay Times Forum. He has played his entire six-year NHL career with the Lightning since being taken first overall in the 2008 NHL Draft, earning 409 points and 222 goals in 390 games played. "Steven Stamkos was destined to be the leader of our team," Lightning coach Jon Cooper said in a release. "The fact that it's happening now just puts us one step closer to achieving our ultimate goal and that is trying to win the Stanley Cup." The announcement added to the positive vibes from Stamkos' return Thursday. The two-time Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy winner had missed the past 45 games after sustaining a broken right tibia Nov. 11 in a loss to the Boston Bruins. He was cleared to play Wednesday after a lengthy rehab process. Stamkos replaces winger Marty St. Louis as captain after the 15-year veteran was traded Wednesday to the New York Rangers for winger Ryan Callahan and two draft picks. You can follow Andrew Astleford on Twitter @aastleford or email him at aastleford@gmail.com.
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