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Looks like a skate from his teammate Kucherov hit him in the head area.
from Martin Fennelly of the Tampa Tribune,
If he can’t go for the Lightning in a game before heading to Russia, he shouldn’t go.
I’d rather break his heart than have him break something else, even in the name of Canada....
It’s just three weeks until hockey begins in Sochi.
The Lightning appear playoff bound.
Lightning GM Steve Yzerman can’t listen to Stamkos’ heart.
It’s complicated, since Yzerman is also GM for Team Canada. By the way, Y needs to drop one of those gigs after these Games. We’ve seen from the Marty St. Louis Olympic snub that Yzerman is in an awkward position. Now it’s stranger still with Stamkos’ situation.
I think Yzerman, with the doctors, will make the right call.
Stamkos’ heart can’t be the tiebreaker.
from Joe Smith at Lightning Strikes,
Lightning star Steven Stamkos shed his red jersey in favor of a yellow one for Saturday's morning skate, signaling he's been cleared for light contact.
Stamkos, who suffered a broken right tibia Nov. 11, had hoped he'd be able to take the next step in his rehab after a Thursday x-ray was encouraging. And Stamkos appeared to enjoy his new status, playfully shoving teammate Marty St. Louis near the boards Saturday morning, even knocking the captain to the ice.
Stamkos' goal is to return for one of the Lightning's home games (Feb. 6, Feb. 8) before the Olympic break. But coach Jon Cooper tempered the excitement over the color of the All-Star's jersey, saying Stamkos is "a ways away" from being cleared to play.
Although the San Jose Sharks did win the game 5-4.
from Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune,
Though Stamkos has been back on skates for the past month, and in full gear since Jan. 2 in Calgary, Thursday marked the first time he was on the ice from the beginning of a session, instead of primarily before or after his teammates were done with formal practice.
“That was huge,” Stamkos said of being out for the full morning skate. “It’s not a full practice, but to be able to go out and not have to go on early or wait until the end to go on, Mike (Poirier, assistant medical trainer) talked last night that I wanted to go out and try it. It’s the best it’s every felt, and we are working extremely hard, but mentally it is a big hurdle to jump over to know that you can at least keep up with the guys, going on a two-on-one with Marty (St. Louis), but it does feel great.”
About the only disappointing moment is when Stamkos did not take part in power-play drills toward the end of the skate, a point Stamkos jokingly made to head coach Jon Cooper.
added 1:49pm, Stamkos talks after practice today, watch below...
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
Don't look now, but the Tampa Bay Lightning have moved into a tie for first place in the Atlantic Division. Led by another stellar game from netminder Ben Bishop, the Lightning edged the New York Rangers 2-1 on Tuesday night, and that win coupled with the Boston Bruins' 4-3 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs moved the Lightning even with the B's at 60 points apiece.
Bishop had missed the past four games with a wrist injury, but he showed no signs of rust in stopping 33 of 34 Rangers shots as the Lightning earned their 14th road win of the season, tied for most in the Eastern Conference.
The Bruins, in the midst of a slight sideways drift just past the midpoint of the season, have a game in hand, but you have to give credit to Jon Cooper's hardy bunch from Tampa, who have more than held their own in the absence of top sniper Steven Stamkos after a grisly leg injury suffered in November.
read on, Custance on the Blues, LeBrun on the Leafs and Strang on Jagr...
via The Record,
Ryan Callahan's high-sticking call against G Ben Bishop 29 seconds into the second period led to Victor Hedman's power-play goal at 1:10. But Callahan said D Eric Brewer caused the penalty by lifting his stick.
"The play was dead so I'm not really holding my stick too tight," Callahan said. "Even Brewer apologized and said it was him. I understand the refs see what they see and you've got to live with it."
Watch the play at the beginning of the game highlight package via Sportsnet,
from Damien Cox of The Spin,
In the summer of 2016, unless he extends his contract between now and then, Stamkos will be an unrestricted free agent. There are those who believe that playing for the Leafs would be a dream for Stamkos, although you often hear that about this player or that player.
Still, the attraction of going home helped the Leafs sign David Clarkson, whether you like that one or not.
The Leafs would like to believe that the Markham-born Stamkos may be thinking something along the lines of the way Zach Parise was thinking in the summer of 2012 when he targeted the Minnesota Wild, hardly an NHL powerhouse, as his destination of choice so he co
Of course, Stamkos wouldn't be free for another two summers, which gives Tampa and owner Jeff Vinik loads of time to get him locked down.
from Damian Cristodero of the Tampa Bay Times,
Skating straight ahead, Steven Stamkos is all good. Doing plyometrics in the gym and taking force on his right leg as it hits the ground? Not a problem.
It is when the Lightning's star center tries crossover skating or accelerating from a stop that he feels the most discomfort in the leg broken Nov. 11 at Boston.
"It's the torquing, when all the weight is on that leg and you're turning, that's the stuff that bothers me most," Stamkos said Monday after joining teammates on the ice at the end of the morning skate. "It's anytime there's a pass that's a little bit in front and you have to make that sudden movement. I'm not at a point where I'm 100 percent comfortable with that right now."
Even so, he said, "Each time I've been on the ice, for the most part, I've felt better each time."
contnued plus more on the Lightning...
from Tom Jones of the Tampa Bay Times,
This is the second time Yzerman has snubbed St. Louis from an Olympic spot. In 2010, St. Louis was boiling mad at Yzerman and Yzerman had yet to join the Lightning. Imagine how St. Louis feels today.
Be warned, Lightning fans: this could get ugly.
It's going to be a problem for Yzerman. It's going to be a problem for the Lightning.
St. Louis is angry and he has every right to be.
He was just told by Yzerman that his services aren't needed to win a gold medal, and now Yzerman is going to ask him to go out and lead the Lightning to a Stanley Cup.
Yeah, good luck with that.
St. Louis is a proud man. He desperately wanted to play for Canada in next month's Olympics. Now you have to wonder just how badly he wants to play for the Lightning.
FYI, St. Louis did not talk about Team Canada post-game except to say he is "extremely disappointed".
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