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Report: Stamkos may not be ready to return post-Olympics

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TSN.ca Staff
2/19/2014 5:12:28 PM
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The Tampa Bay Lightning might have to start their post-Olympic schedule the way they headed into the break: waiting on Steven Stamkos.

Tampa Bay Times reporter Damian Cristodero Tweeted out Wednesday that Stamkos may not be ready to return once the Lightning schedule resumes on Feb. 27 against the Nashville Predators.

"Stamkos said he has an X-ray likely on Monday," he wrote. "Best case he plays on road trip after break. Worst case he is ready for homestand on March 6."

The 24-year-old centre suffered a broken leg on Nov. 11 and has continued to rehabilitate the injury in both on- and off-ice workouts over the past month.

Stamkos had hoped of returning to the Lightning lineup before the Olympic break and potentially claim his spot on the Canadian men's Olympic hockey team, but he was ruled out for the competition on Feb. 5.

One day later, his linemate Martin St. Louis was named as his Olympic replacement.

In 17 games with the Lightning in 2013-14, Stamkos has scored 14 goals and added nine assists.

Steven Stamkos speaks (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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(Photo: The Canadian Press)
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