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Video: Stamkos skates month after breaking tibia

Dec 14, 2013, 11:44 AM EDT

Steven Stamkos isn’t close to being ready to rejoining the Tampa Bay Lightning, but he’s making clear signs of progress.

A little over a month after suffering a broken right tibia, he was back on the ice and working on his stickhandling:

He’s going to participate in both on and off-ice exercises with Gary Roberts over Christmas with an eye of practicing by the end of January and returning to the Lightning’s lineup during the first week of February, according to TSN’s Bob McKenzie.

That assessment meshes with previous reports that he’s eyeing a Feb. 6 return. If that proves to be the case, then he might still play in the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Meanwhile the Tampa Bay Lightning are trying to get by without their superstar. They’ve been mediocre lately, but still have a seven-point hold on their playoff spot.

  1. joey4id - Dec 14, 2013 at 11:58 AM

    Great news for TB fans, and Team Canada. It will be interesting to see if he can come back to the same level of play as before the injury, and how long it will take home. Hope he makes a full and speedy recovery. Would be great to see TB in the playoffs.

  2. bigdaddy44 - Dec 14, 2013 at 12:07 PM

    This lifelong Bruins fan has nothing but respect for Stamkos. He is probably the highest respected non-Bruin with Boston fans. The league needs more players like him, and needs him back on the ice.

  3. bencia823 - Dec 14, 2013 at 12:12 PM

    I don’t know whether to cringe or marvel at this. For most people, I’d be worried about rushing back due to the risk of re-injury, but it looks like Stamkos is genuinely healing this fast

  4. boltsfan777 - Dec 14, 2013 at 1:10 PM

    My graduate thesis (mechanical engineering) concerned stress analysis of various types of intramedullary rod designs to be used for tibia fractures. While reading a number of papers, I remember learning that the big advantage of these rods is that while the patient is able to walk sooner, the applied compression stress on the stabilized bone fracture also *accelerates* the healing process.

  5. Moop - Dec 14, 2013 at 1:11 PM

    Stamkos is incredible. He’s one of my favorite players in the league to watch and any day he’s on the ice is a good day for the NHL.

  6. mp1131211 - Dec 16, 2013 at 2:28 AM

    I had called a Thanksgiving return. Guess I was wrong…. by two weeks. This guys a beast!

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