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Stamkos a little frustrated after missing practice

Jan 27, 2014, 7:55 PM EDT

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Steven Stamkos has had plenty of good days as he works to return from a broken leg, but Monday wasn’t one of them.

The Tampa Bay Lightning superstar didn’t feel up to skating with his teammates this morning and opted to instead engage in off-ice workouts.

“Whenever it doesn’t feel good, it’s a little frustrating,” Stamkos admitted to the Tampa Bay Times, even though this doesn’t change the fact that he’s made considerable progress recently.

Stamkos was cleared to engage in light contact over the weekend after an encouraging x-ray on Thursday.

With that in mind, Lightning coach Jon Cooper insisted that Stamkos’ absence on Monday couldn’t be classified as a setback. Cooper added that Stamkos will still accompany the team on their upcoming road trip.

If all goes well, Stamkos will return to the Lightning’s lineup next week and serve Team Canada in the Olympics.

  1. lowenni - Jan 27, 2014 at 10:51 PM

    Shouldn’t be too frustrated. He shouldn’t rush things coming off such a serious injury. He’ll be back.

  2. haroldworsley - Jan 27, 2014 at 10:53 PM

    Steven Stamkos should only be doing light duty until the end of February when the Olympics are over. He definitely shouldn’t be going over to Sochi.

  3. lightning69 - Jan 27, 2014 at 11:02 PM

    Hope Stammer and team Canada can be patient and make sure he can’t cause more damage by pushing his return. Its good that they are cautious, but 1 light contact practice to game shape next week might be a bit much to ask.

  4. nsmiff87 - Jan 28, 2014 at 1:20 AM

    I guarantee stamkos is rushing this injury. There’s no way he will be 100% before the Olympics.

    • hockeyflow33 - Jan 28, 2014 at 1:42 AM

      I’m sure you know more than his doctors, Tampa’s medical team and Team Canada’s medical team.

      • joey4id - Jan 28, 2014 at 9:15 AM

        BTW, it’s possible the owners will cancel their player’s participation if the threat level increases, and there is no reason to think it won’t. it all comes down to how much risk are they willing to take. I hope their threat threshold is very low. Many experts suspect the risk of potential terror attacks is persistent.

    • joey4id - Jan 28, 2014 at 8:55 AM

      flow33 is right! No one is rushing Stamkos to return. Think about it from a business perspective. He’s TB’s biggest asset right now, and his career and financial securty goes through TB before Sochi. TB will not risk it’s greatest asset, and put the future of the franchise at risk. No doubt he’s trying to prepare for Sochi, but time is not on his side.

      With 6 games left before the Olympic break don’t be surprised if they announce a replacement in the next week. And that may very well be Martin St. Louis. Then his focus will change from being ready for the Olympics to being ready for Feb 27 vs Nashville.

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