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Report: Stamkos eyes Feb. 6 return

Dec 4, 2013, 1:02 AM EDT

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It sounds like Steven Stamkos is on track to play in the 2014 Winter Olympics despite breaking his tibia on Nov. 11, as TSN’s Darren Dreger reports that the Tampa Bay Lightning sniper is targeting a Feb. 6 game against the Toronto Maple Leafs as his return date.

Stamkos, 23, insists that he isn’t going to rush his recovery. If he manages to make it back to help Canada seek a gold medal without pushing it, then he might steal the “Wolverine” healing nickname from Max Pacioretty.

A lot can change in the next month or so, which explains why Pierre LeBrun adds that the Canadian brain trust will wait until as close to the Jan. 7 deadline to choose its roster.

It’s safe to say that they will be following Stamkos’ progress closely, then.

  1. 13datsyuk13 - Dec 4, 2013 at 1:13 AM

    Max pacioretty is American. How can he be Stamkos’ fellow countryman?

    • mayorrobford - Dec 4, 2013 at 1:54 AM

      These PHT bloggers seem to think everyone is Canadian. Not sure how many times I’ve seen them do this.

    • hyjyljyj - Dec 5, 2013 at 8:33 AM

      Where does it say Pacioretty is Stamkos’s fellow countryman? I read over both this post and one that was linked in it, and it doesn’t say that.

      I know–maybe it used to, and then the author saw all the negative comments and deleted the erroneous reference?

      If so, maybe the author confused Pacioretty’s team (Canadiens) with his nationality

  2. hawksfan14 - Dec 4, 2013 at 1:24 AM

    Pacioretty and Stamkos are definitely not fellow countrymen.

    • lightning69 - Dec 4, 2013 at 1:55 AM

      Why let facts get in the way of a “great” tag line. Bloggers don’t waste time with J School. Who am I kidding no one else does either anymore.

      Love the passion from Stamkos, but please make sure you are ready for the long haul. Sincerely.

      Love to have you back in the line up, (we hardly missed your production…for 3 games anyway. Lol) but let’s do this the right way.

  3. c9castine - Dec 4, 2013 at 1:49 AM

    you don’t have to be canadian to play for the canadiens?

  4. innout10 - Dec 4, 2013 at 9:29 AM

    Canada’s first game is against Norway… And it’s not on feb 8… The NHL is still operating that day. Switzerland isn’t even in the same pool…. Plus pacioretty isn’t Canadian. Brutal article

    • mayorrobford - Dec 4, 2013 at 1:49 PM

  5. amityvillefun - Dec 4, 2013 at 9:34 AM

    Mass General Hospital. ’nuff said.

    Glad to see Stamkos is coming along in his recovery. Classy player with iron cajones. Dude earned my respect in 2011 when he took a puck to the nose and still played. His face looked like a blueberry pie smashed in the street.

    A lot of “stars” in the NHL can be prima donnas. Not this guy. He’s skilled and “old time hockey” tough. Tampa has the real deal with Stamkos.

  6. Gord - Dec 4, 2013 at 9:41 AM

    Ignoring the obvious countrymen mistake, its also the Canadian women that start on the 8th. You’ve basically turned Stamkos into an American woman. I’m sure she’s thrilled.

  7. jb8588 - Dec 4, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    Stammer BETTER not be dumb about this. This is exactly why I despise the international competition…especially that worthless World Cup. Representing your country I understand can be pretty cool, but something like that can blind you from the obvious…which in this is not to rush the recovery for the sake of your long-term health.

  8. mp1131211 - Dec 4, 2013 at 8:41 PM

    Sweet! I knew this guy would be killin’ it! It was reported that he was walking to the press conference without a limp.

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