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TAMPA BAY – Tampa Bay Lightning forward Steven Stamkos underwent successful surgery this afternoon to treat a type of Vascular Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (called Effort Thrombosis) which was located near his right collarbone, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today. The two-hour procedure was performed at Tampa General Hospital by Dr. Karl Illig, Director of Vascular Surgery at the University of South Florida. Stamkos is expected to fully recover and he should be able to return to the ice in 1-3 months.
“Everything went as expected for Steven today,” said Dr. Illig after the procedure. “We plan to re-evaluate him in about two weeks and we should know more about his prognosis at that time.”
from Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune,
... now one has to wonder how far this team, which made the Stanley Cup Final last season, can go without the team’s top goal scorer and captain after already losing top defenseman Anton Stralman to a fractured leg last week.
And with Stamkos scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season, the real possibility that Stamkos has played his final game with the Lightning became a reality. Any contract talks have not proven to gain any traction to this point and he will be free to sign with any team on July 1 should the two sides not come together on an extension before then.
Until then, Tampa Bay will learn exactly what life could look like with Stamkos in the lineup as they look to clinch a playoff spot on a four-game road trip to end the season, which starts Monday at the New York Islanders. Tampa Bay would have to advance at least past the first round for Stamkos to have any chance to suit up in a Lightning uniform again this season.
“Obviously this situation is extremely disappointing because I wanted to help my team clinch a playoff spot and prepare for the start of the postseason,’’ Stamkos said in a statement released by the team. “During my recover I will do all I can to help my teammates and I hope to rejoin them soon in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.’’
The Hockey Central panel breaks down how Steven Stamkos’ absence will affects the Tampa Bay Lightning, but first stressed how seriously scary a diagnosis of a blood clot in the arm is for anyone, let alone an athlete.
added 10:22pm, Tampa release is below....
from Marin Fennelly of the Tampa Tribune,
Lightning coach Jon Cooper fiddles while Steven Stamkos burns.
Wouldn’t it be easier if Cooper just drove Stamkos to the airport right now?
I Iforget. Is Air Canada on the blue- or red-side drop-off?...
So naturally Cooper had to tweak.
If it ain’t broke, fix it....
But why mess with No. 91 right now, when Stamkos is playing well? Why does Stamkos move to the wing? Why not Filppula? Why is Stamkos always the one who has to budge?
You’d be wrong if you think people around hockey don’t notice this.
Stamkos and Cooper say the right things in public. No matter.
There’s a problem here.
It’s time to check those egos. Especially you, Coop.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
As I tweeted Friday night, to me the Lightning with a healthy roster posed the greatest threat to Washington's potential march to the Stanley Cup finals. But without Stralman, I'm a bit shaken in that belief.
Not only is he's a mammoth fixture on Tampa's top D-pairing and a key on special teams, but this is a team that tried all season before the trade deadline to acquire another top-four, right-handed defenseman because the Bolts felt they had a glaring need there. Imagine that hole now with their top right-handed defenseman out. Mercy.
Teams overcome injuries. I think the Lightning can do that, but that's about as brutal an injury both in terms of the importance of the player and the specific role he plays that I can imagine for any club in the Eastern Conference. Just brutal.
more from the ESPN crew...
from Martin Fennelly of the Tampa Tribune,
Friday night, Lightning defenseman Anton Stralman was helped from the ice early in the game with the Islanders. He leaned on Steven Stamkos, a poignant image, given the news that followed. The Lightning went on to win, but they’d already lost.
Broken left leg.
Broken Lightning playoff season?
This feels like more than a non-displaced left fibula. Stralman helps form the Lightning backbone. He’s the calming force. He’s bedrock. And now the playoffs are nearly here and the earth is shaking. Stralman is out indefinitely. The timing is beyond dreadful.
This rocks the Lightning’s playoff world. I’m not convinced they’ll rock back.
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
- The Arizona (insert old joke here) Coyotes are ready to miss the playoffs for the fourth straight year and it sure sounds changes are being pondered at every level _ including the front office.
While coach Dave Tippett is highly-regarded and it doesn’t sound like he’s going anywhere, the word is Arizona GM Don Maloney is under the microscope because the Coyotes haven’t qualifed for the playoffs since they lost to the Los Angeles Kings in the Western Final 4-1 in 2012.
Not only are the Coyotes looking for a new place to play because of their tentative lease agreement in Glendale, the organization needs to have playoff success to help create interest in a difficult marketplace....
- The Tampa Bay Lightning and forward Steven Stamkos don’t sound like they’re any closer to an agreement on a new deal so this one is going to drag into the off-season. Maybe the Bolts will change their approach if they go deep in the playoffs after advancing to the Stanley Cup final last year but right now it doesn’t appear a deal will happen anytime soon. The Bolts are going to have to weigh their options once the season ends and maybe they want to see just how far Stamkos can take them. “There’s no question he’s probably the most valuable free agent since Zach Parise and Ryan Suter,” a league executive told Insider Trading. “Those two got $98 million but you can’t give 13-year deals anymore.” Since the most a player can get on the free agent market is a seven-year deal don’t rule out the possibility of the Bolts signing Stamkos to an eight-year contract and then moving him in a sign/trade contract. “You see those kinds of moves in the NBA all the time. That would get (Tampa) a lot more in return than they’d get if he walked away,” added the executive.
The Tampa Bay Lightning announced Stralman is out after suffering a lower-body injury in the first period.
added 3:50am, Lightning annouced a non-displace fracture of his left fibula
added 7:39am, A slow motion gif of the injury below...
from Lindsay Kramer of Syracuse.com,
Here are 9 takeaways from his post-practice press conference:
He's back because he missed hockey
"Sitting at home is not what I wanted to do. I want to play hockey, help the Crunch,'' he said. "I missed hockey sitting at home. Watching hockey on TV and all that stuff is not what you want to do. I'm happy to be back here and playing hockey.''
"I'm a hockey player. You love hockey. You want to be part of a team.''
His relationship with Tampa Bay is salvageable
"I think our relationship's fine. We've talked to make the decision to come back here,'' he said. "I think we're going to fix this in the summer and see how it goes from there.''
There are no guarantees of a callup this season
"It's going to be up to me to put in the work. I'm not just going to get called up to get called up,'' he said. "I have to put in the work here, and that's what I plan to do.''
TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have lifted the suspension of forward Jonathan Drouin and he will report to the Syracuse Crunch for practice tomorrow morning, announced vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman today.
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