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Another step: Stamkos skates in full gear Thursday

Jan 2, 2014, 4:37 PM EDT

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With Team Canada’s roster announcement looming and the 2014 Winter Olympics approaching in early February, expect the Steven Stamkos injury updates to be frequent. Like … your friends posting every little development of their newborn baby’s early days-level constant.

OK, now that there’s a mild apology, Thursday at least presents a significant next step, as Steven Stamkos skated in full gear with his Tampa Bay Lightning teammates. The Tampa Tribune’s Erik Erlendsson posted bland footage of him skating, which probably turns into a thrill ride for Lightning fans and Canadians.

As usual, it’s best to temper such excitement with caveats. In this case, the 23-year-old was notably wearing a no-contact jersey and didn’t do much.

Still, we’re talking about one of the most dangerous scorers in the world, so you’ll need to excuse those who breathlessly follow his progress.

Read more about that so-far positive progress here.

  1. ibieiniid - Jan 2, 2014 at 4:42 PM

    “As usual, it’s best to temper such excitement with caveats. In this case, the 23-year-old was notably wearing a no-contact jersey and didn’t do much.”

    Those two sentences calmed me. By the sound of the headline, sub-headline, and first 2 paragraphs, it seemed to me like he’s rushing it. Sure, we all want to see him in the Olympics, but I really hope he takes his time and doesn’t push it. I want to see no more RG3s. at least it’s not a knee injury, I guess.

  2. letsgolightning - Jan 2, 2014 at 4:54 PM

    I would gladly trade all the baby pictures in the world for constant updates on Stamkos. Though to be honest, I would probably also trade them for constant updates on Gary Bettman, because then at least there’s something interesting every 7 years.

  3. BurkieInBoston - Jan 2, 2014 at 6:02 PM

    Broken leg on Nov 11th. Skating on Jan 1st. Stamkos is one tough dude that’s for sure!

    • mp1131211 - Jan 2, 2014 at 7:24 PM

      He hit the ice for the first time two-three weeks ago.

      • atwatercrushesokoye - Jan 3, 2014 at 12:45 AM

        I just realized that he did today’s skating here in Calgary, the Flames doctors are also the Team Canada doctors, I’m guessing they probably checked in during or after his on ice session.

  4. joey4id - Jan 2, 2014 at 6:23 PM

    That’s great news! The miracles of modern medicine. Hope he’ll be ready for the Olympics, but just in case he’s not it may be wise to add Kunitz to the list. Him and 87 would make a great duo.

  5. atwatercrushesokoye - Jan 2, 2014 at 7:03 PM

    If I’m not mistaken, they can replace him if he’s still injured at the time the Olympics roll around? In that case it’s a no brainer, put him on the Olympic team list and hope for the best, if in 3 weeks he’s still not healthy you replace him, but until then his body of work in previous years has earned him a spot on the team.

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