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The Latest On Steven Stamkos

from Damian Cristodero of the Tampa Bay Times,

Stamkos will have an X-ray when the team returns to Tampa after Tuesday's game at Minnesota. There will be discussions with Lightning doctors, Tampa Bay and Team Canada general manager Steve Yzerman and executives from Hockey Canada.

Stamkos has said he wants to play in one or both of the Lightning's home games leading up to the Olympics. But he also said not playing Thursday against the Maple Leafs or Saturday against the Red Wings would not preclude him from going to Sochi.

Here is what could:

"I don't feel I'm where I need to be in order to play in a game yet," Stamkos said Friday, his last meeting with reporters. "You have to listen to your body. It has gotten better, and there's less and less pain every time I get on the ice. But there's still discomfort."

Stamkos, who had a titanium rod inserted in the tibia, said he hopes the pain will at least become "manageable."


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Tampa Bay Will Have Trade Options At The Deadline

from Damian Cristodero of the Tampa Bay Times,

The Lightning is in an interesting place when it comes to the trade deadline.

Thanks to injured defensemen Mattias Ohlund and Brian Lee being on long-term injured reserve, it has about $3 million of cap space. It also will be getting back injured star Steven Stamkos before or after the break, a nice jolt of extra offense for a team that already averages 2.9 goals.

That means general manager Steve Yzerman can concentrate on adding blue-line depth or, if he wants to try to go big, a top-four player to really add some stability.

There are a couple of intriguing options, neither of which has been linked publicly to the Lightning but perhaps merit some consideration: the Islanders' Andrew MacDonald and Detroit's Kyle Quincey....

Quincey, 28, is a much more expensive option (he is making $4 million this season and could become unrestricted), but is a defensive specialist. And with players such as Victor Hedman and Mark Barberio able to move the puck, a stable, reliable presence in the defensive zone might be what Tampa Bay needs.

The Red Wings still are in the playoff hunt. But if Detroit decides it is not a Stanley Cup contender, Quincey, who averages 20:32 of ice time and is second on the team with 72 blocked shots, could become available. And don't forget Yzerman's connection and friendship with Red Wings GM Ken Holland.


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Video- Brandon Prust, Ben Bishop Have A Chat…

17:02 Montreal Brandon Prust: 2 minutes, unsportsmanlike conduct
17:02 Tampa Bay Ben Bishop: 2 minutes, goalie leave crease
17:02 Montreal Carey Price: 2 minutes, goalie leave crease
17:02 Montreal George Parros: 10 minutes, misconduct
17:02 Tampa Bay Radko Gudas: 10 minutes, misconduct


added 4:52pm, Below watch the Tampa broadcast and catch what some people will call a spear from Prust...

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More Injuries For The Tampa Bay Lightning

from Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes,

The Lightning is in an unusual position as it heads into Saturday's game at Montreal.

With goaltender Anders Lindback (left ankle sprain) out and Ben Bishop (head) questionable, it is possible Tampa Bay will call up two goalies from the minor leagues. It was unclear if both Cedrick Desjardins and Kristers Gudelvskis could both be called up from AHL Syracuse, which plays tonight at Utica and Saturday home against Norfolk, or how perhaps former first-round draft pick Riku Helenius, who is struggling with ECHL Florida, might fit in.

"We'll have a goalie in net (Saturday)," coach Jon Cooper said. "I just don't know what league his last game was from. That's the only thing. He might have in the NHL. He might have played in the American League."...

The bottom line is, the Lightning is in a tough spot that might include the loss for at least one game of center Valtteri Filppula, who left Thursday's 5-3 loss to the Senators early in the second period with what is believed a left hip/leg injury. Cooper, though, made it sound that Filppula being held out would be more precautionary.

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Video- Ben Bishop Leaves Game After Taking A Skate To His Head

Looks like a skate from his teammate Kucherov hit him in the head area.

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Lightning First For Stamkos, Then Team Canada

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.

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Stamkos Practices, Goes Through Some Light Contact

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.


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Video- Martin St. Louis Scores 4 Goals Today

Although the San Jose Sharks did win the game 5-4.

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“Huge” Day For Stamkos

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.

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added 1:49pm, Stamkos talks after practice today, watch below...

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How About Them Bolts!

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...

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