Sigh all the doctors in the article were from Toronto...so I guess we know where he is signing this summer.....I kid I kid.
I would be shocked if Stamkos didn't sign with the Leafs come July 1st.
Honestly Babcock changes the situation in Toronto. Yes, they were really bad this year, but it's because they're rebuilding the team from scratch. But the new management and coaching will draw in decent talent, finally. It's one thing to be a bad team with no direction (Toronto the past...well...forty years?) but a bad team that is knowingly starting from scratch and is expected to make the right moves? Stamkos might be willing to forego a Cup for five years to be part of something like that.
But back to his injury and Tampa's hopes: I think Tampa is still a good team. They could still get out of the first round. The East is so weak this year, especially the Atlantic, that anything could happen.
When Pat Quinn was coaching the Leafs they were consistently one of the better teams in the league.