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Babcock says Stamkos will be on Team Canada Olympic roster

Nov 11, 2013, 7:03 PM EDT

Steven Stamkos; Steve Downie AP

Looks as though Steve Stamkos‘ broken right tibia won’t keep him off the Canadian roster.

Team Canada head coach Mike Babcock said Stamkos will be on the 25-man list for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, according to Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun. Stamkos broke his tibia in Monday’s 3-0 loss and will undergo surgery to repair it on Tuesday. It’s unclear how much time he’ll miss recovering.

Canada, the defending gold medalist, will have to submit its provisional rosters — made up of 22 skaters and three goalies — by Dec. 31.

Here’s more, from the IIHF:

All participating national associations will submit their “long lists” of rosters on October 1, 2013 (both men’s and women’s) while on the men’s side there will be an additional no-later-than December 31, 2013 deadline of submission of provisional 22 skaters and 3 goaltenders playing rosters. The October 1 “long lists” will not be made public.

The final and official playing rosters will be registered at the Olympic tournament directorate meetings, one day before the start of the respective events. On the women’s side the final roster registration will be on February 7, 2014, the men’s registration on February 11, 2014.

Canada could carry Stamkos on the roster right up until February, then make a decision on his ability to participate — sort of like what it did in 2010 with Ryan Getzlaf and Jeff Carter. Getzlaf suffered an ankle injury just prior to the games; Carter, tabbed as Getzlaf’s fill-in, was so close to becoming a replacement player he was actually flown to Vancouver on GM Steve Yzerman’s orders.

Stamkos has represented Canada internationally at the junior and World Championship level, but never at the Olympics. He was named to Canada’s “stand-by” list for the ’10 games.

Here’s more on the tibia break, from Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos:

  1. steelers88 - Nov 11, 2013 at 7:20 PM

    That would be STUPID if the TB Lightning let Stamkos play in the olympics. I know its a honor to play for your home country but his health is more important, and his services to the Lightning are more important than his services to team Canada.

    • hockeyflow33 - Nov 11, 2013 at 7:26 PM

      It’s not up to the team, it’s up to Stamkos.

      I’m also not sure how you’re diagnosing an injury 4 months into the future

    • Lupy Nazty Philthy - Nov 11, 2013 at 7:53 PM

      Firstly, Steve Yzerman runs Team Canada and Tampa… so I’m not too sure Tampa’s going to be able to talk Canada out of bringing him if they can.

      Secondly, we don’t know for sure how bad Stamkos’s break is yet. If it’s not a severe break then he could be back in a couple months with plenty of time to be ready for Sochi in Feb.

    • c9castine - Nov 12, 2013 at 1:12 PM

      dude its not a concussion is a broken bone. those things heal pretty much like clockwork. if the doc says 6-8 weeks, seems like starting back up at the end of december and playing the olympics and being back at top form for the Lightning again wouldn’t be so bad.

      • c9castine - Nov 12, 2013 at 1:23 PM

        yeeeeahh nevermind. didn’t realize this injury was gonna take 4-6 months. thats rough. should definitely not play in olympics and should definitely not waste a roster spot on him. but i hope they do!

  2. ravenscaps48 - Nov 11, 2013 at 7:41 PM

    Tampa shouldn’t let him go to Socchi. They should keep Stammer off the roster and put Jamie Benn on

  3. Lupy Nazty Philthy - Nov 11, 2013 at 7:43 PM

    It makes more sense to leave him on Team Canada’s roster. If he remains injured, it’s no problem to make the last minute roster change to bring someone else.

    If he recovers in time for the Olympics and he’s NOT on the roster, then they’d have to wait for another injury to happen for the roster spot to open up. If they keep him on the roster now, then they don’t have to worry. He’ll be good to go.

  4. mp1131211 - Nov 11, 2013 at 7:48 PM

    Go Stamkos! See you on the ice by what? Thanksgiving?

  5. endusersolutions2013 - Nov 11, 2013 at 8:23 PM

    It just hit me – they way he/his line/his team was playing, he would have been a Hart trophy candidate if it continued.

  6. Woody Bass - Nov 11, 2013 at 8:48 PM

    IF he’s healthy to play… why not.. let him. But I dont see how he’ll be healthy enough by then.

  7. canucks30 - Nov 11, 2013 at 8:50 PM

    Really looking forward to seeing what Crosby and Stamkos can accomplish playing together. Hopefully, we get to find out.

  8. stakex - Nov 11, 2013 at 9:55 PM

    Well, the games are three months away. Estimates for a recover for such an injury run from two and a half months to as much as six, so it is possible he could be back before the Olympics. Given that, and considering Canada could still replace him at the last minute if they had too, it wouldn’t make any sense to remove him from the roster at this point.

  9. hosewater2 - Nov 11, 2013 at 11:53 PM

    Be smart, don’t come back for some silly exhibition Olympic Games, rest and recuperate Steve.

  10. muckleflugga - Nov 12, 2013 at 1:26 AM

    stamkos will be skating in six weeks, but therapy working the injury site will likely begin in three. controlled stress on a fractured bone heals quicker and stronger

    leg conditioning and stamina work on machines can begin in ten days, maybe sooner. an hyperbaric chamber will be on its way to bolts training room by tomorrow…stevie knows

    steven’s participation in hockey anywhere begins with agreement between his doctors and his insurers. the primary concern is monetary and associated losses accordingly

    after he’s medically cleared, the long-term health of the tampa bay lightning will trump yzerman’s patriotic concerns

    canada rules, but they’re gonna get creamed in sochi, with or without stamkos

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