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Report: Stamkos eyes ‘aggressive’ rehab after switching to removable cast

Nov 15, 2013, 8:42 PM EST

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Steven Stamkos‘ stint on the injured list remains indefinite, but he’s doing everything he can to return as soon as possible. That includes wearing a removable cast that enables him to kick off an “aggressive rehab,” according to Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos.

The 23-year-old has plenty of reasons to make a swift return, even if some may be concerned about him rushing back too soon.

Beyond helping the quick-starting Lightning this season, the 2014 Winter Olympics are still a signpost to shoot for. Interestingly enough, Steve Yzerman is the GM of both squads, so he must have mixed feelings about his star sniper taking a potential risk.

The upside is obvious, though, as he’s had a tremendous start to 2013-14 (14 goals, 23 points in 17 games).

In other Lightning news, Sami Salo is probable for Tampa Bay’s Saturday game against the Phoenix Coyotes, the Tampa Tribune’s Erik Erlendsson reports.

  1. pitpenguinsrulez - Nov 16, 2013 at 12:10 AM

    If I’m the Lightning I would much rather have a healthy Stamkos for the playoffs rather than for the Olympics.

    • hockeyflow33 - Nov 16, 2013 at 1:18 AM

      Yea but the other side is that he’ll have two weeks of actual games to ramp back up for the regular season if he’s healthy

  2. 313rowfseat10 - Nov 16, 2013 at 1:51 PM

    Stamkos is a beast!

    He takes a snapshot to the face against Boston in the playoff’s a couple years back and returns to finish the game. Then this year breaks his leg and plans to aggressively rehab so that he may “possibly” return for the Olympics.

    The kid’s got heart, and balls the size of grapefruit. Best wishes Stammer, cannot wait to see you back on the ice.

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