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Steve Stamkos returned from a 45-game absence Thursday night and he was named the 10th captain in Tampa Bay's franchise history.
He recorded five shots and the concluded the match 21:03 of ice time. Stamkos wasn't happy that the Lightning lost 3-1 to Buffalo, but he must've been pleased to be back in the lineup and was honored to get the team's captaincy. Coach Jon Cooper though Stamkos' return went well. "He was outstanding," Cooper said. "If that's the worst game he plays for us, things are going to look pretty good. He was the most dangerous player on the ice." He played between Alex Killorn and Teddy Purcell.
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Steve Stamkos (leg) will be available to play on Thursday against Buffalo.
Thus making the Tampa Bay Lightning the 2013-14 trade deadline winners. Stamkos hasn't played since Nov. 11 due to a broken tibia. He had hoped to represent Team Canada in the Olympics, but despite his best efforts, he simply didn't heal quickly enough to allow that. Now he's been medically cleared and should provide the already effective Tampa Bay Lightning with a huge boost going into the playoffs. Get him back in your lineup immediately.
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Steve Stamkos (leg) has his next checkup scheduled for Wednesday and he could be back as early as Thursday.
Getting Stamkos back would probably be better than anything the Lightning could land at the trade deadline, but that doesn't mean that GM Steve Yzerman won't be listening to what is out there. "Obviously we are thrilled and hoping he comes back," Yzerman said of Stamkos. "But any opportunity you have to improve your team, you look at it. So, getting Stammer back (helps) and if I could do anything that would improve the team I would."
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Steve Stamkos (leg) feels ready to play even though he hasn't received medical clearance yet.
"I feel like I'm ready to play, it's just a matter of getting this thing perfect really before I come back," Stamkos said. "I kind of knew based on what (Dr. Gutentag) had said last time we did the CT scan, which was a pretty clear picture that it wasn't ready, that he kind of said from this point probably three or four weeks is what you are going to need, so we are at three weeks." His first game back could come on March 6 versus Buffalo.
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Steve Stamkos (leg) won't play during Tampa Bay's upcoming four-game road trip.
He might be ready to return when the Lightning return home for a game against Buffalo on March 6. Stamkos said his recent X-ray "looks really good," but "we're playing it smart." He will be re-evaluated again on the same day as the trade deadline (March 5).
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Steve Stamkos has another X-ray scheduled for early next week and it will determine if he will be available to play in Tampa Bay's first game back from the Olympic break.
"It feels good now, and it's getting better, that's important," said Stamkos. "I'm definitely very close, but the kind of thing I'm putting into my head is that if I'm not back for that (four-game) road trip (that starts in Nashville), then worst-case scenario is when we get back home (March 6). The best case is I'm ready for Nashville." He felt like he was ready to return before the break, but a CT scan revealed that his bone had not completely healed.
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Tampa Bay bench boss Jon Cooper said the goal for Steve Stamkos is to play on Feb. 27 against Nashville when the NHL returns following the Olympics.
An exact return date hasn't been determined yet, but more information on his status should be known once he gets re-evaluated soon.
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Steve Stamkos will have his broken tibia re-evaluated in two to three weeks.
Even though a CT scan revealed that his bone has not completely healed, GM Steve Yzerman insists this isn't a setback. He said that Lightning medical director Ira Guttentag "is very pleased with how (Stamkos) is functioning on the ice, off the ice, how the fracture looks and how the bone is healing. But there's only so much you can do. This takes time, and it's going to take more than 12 weeks." Tampa Bay will wait to see if Stamkos will be able to return after the NHL resumes play following the Olympics.
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Steve Stamkos (leg) will not participate in the 2014 Winter Olympics.
The decision was made after Stamkos underwent a CT Scan, which revealed that his broken tibia hasn't completely healed. Consequently, his doctor would not give him the green light to play. "It was a pretty clear cut decision, no gray areas at all," Lightning GM Steve Yzerman said. Although Stamkos is a tremendously gifted player and would have been a great addition to Team Canada, they have more than enough talent to overcome this loss and replace him. At the same time, this is very disappointing from a fan perspective as the opportunity to watch Stamkos and Sidney Crosby play on the same line on the international stage would have been special.
Steven Stamkos C TB 1 Month
Steve Stamkos (leg) took part in some battle drills during Tuesday's morning skate.
He was happy with the results and he expects to get good news from his 12-week X-ray on Wednesday. "I can't see anything being a problem," Stamkos said, "but you just want to get that clearance knowing that everything is OK and looking forward to hopefully hearing good news and getting ready for a game." He is targeting Saturday's game against Detroit for his return from a broken leg.