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A Very Bad Day For Tampa And Team Canada

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

What a brutal day for GM Steve Yzerman, impacted on two fronts: most importantly on his NHL team but also on the Canadian Olympic team he is assembling. In fact, Yzerman was slated to assemble the Team Canada management staff Tuesday night in Toronto to update their player list for the Olympic team.

You don’t replace Stamkos, not on the Lightning (where Stamkos participated in 44 percent of his team’s goals scored this season), but not even on Team Canada.

Short of losing Sidney Crosby, not sure there’s a more damaging piece of news for Team Canada.

It is compounded by the fact Rick Nash -- another preseason lock to make the Olympic team -- has not returned to play since his early season concussion, although he’s skated of late so perhaps there will be good news soon.

Still, a sobering day on so many fronts, but most of all it’s the fans around the league who lose out the most, deprived of the game’s top goal scorer.

a bit more

added 5:20pm, from Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune,

Stamkos will remain at Massachusetts General Hospital overnight, Tampa Bay general manager Steve Yzerman said.

“It’s a big loss, but you know, we’ve been winning as a team and we’re going to have to find a way to continue doing that,’’ Lightning captain Marty St. Louis said. “We’re going to have to raise our game collectively. You don’t replace Stammer, but the guys are going to have to step up.’’


Added 7:16 p.m.


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  Tags: steven+stamkos, team+canada


Chet's avatar

real bad break for the kid. wish him all the best getting back ASAP.

Posted by Chet from twitter: thegansen on 11/11/13 at 06:06 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

Oh, this is just terrible.  I hope he recovers well.  Such a great hockey player - really fun to watch. And he seems like a great guy too. Not a prima donna like Crosby.

Posted by MsRedWinger from the State where Tigers roam in the Spring on 11/11/13 at 06:24 PM ET

hockeychic's avatar

Oh no!  I love watching him play.  This is just awful.  Speedy recovery, Mr. Stamkos!

Posted by hockeychic from Denver, CO on 11/11/13 at 06:28 PM ET

Evilpens's avatar

.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) Good Lord Get over yourself sick

Posted by Evilpens on 11/11/13 at 06:33 PM ET

Evilpens's avatar

Dan Rosen @drosennhl
Lightning announce that Stamkos will have surgery tomorrow. Broken right tibia.

Posted by Evilpens on 11/11/13 at 06:50 PM ET

BrendonTO's avatar

This is just awful on so many levels. Our national team just won’t be the same without him in the lineup in Sochi. One of the true great ambassadors of the League and my personal favourite Canadian player (other than DRW #43). Hopefully his insanely great conditioning will somehow help bring him a speedy recovery.

Posted by BrendonTO on 11/11/13 at 07:38 PM ET

Lindas1st's avatar

It always comes back to Sid, even when it’s not about him.
The Green-eyed monster has reared his ugly head. sick

Posted by Lindas1st from New England on 11/11/13 at 08:42 PM ET

Vladimir16's avatar

You Canadians are so cute….

Posted by Vladimir16 from Grand River Valley on 11/11/13 at 10:03 PM ET

Gary A$$ SUCK !!'s avatar

How cares about Team Canada??? This is terrible news for all hockey fans and his team Tampa.

Posted by Gary A$$ SUCK !! from Fort Myers, Florida on 11/11/13 at 10:07 PM ET


How cares about Team Canada??? This is terrible news for all hockey fans and his team Tampa.

A) lots of people.  However, it’s understandable to think not a lot of people care about a hockey team, what with you being in Florida
B) yes, it’s aknowledged in the first line of the article that it’s most important how it impacts the Lightning.

Posted by Garth on 11/11/13 at 11:29 PM ET

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