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Woe Canada: Stamkos ruled out of Olympics, will be reevaluated in 2-3 weeks

Feb 5, 2014, 4:37 PM EDT

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Stamkos Watch is over… for now.

On Wednesday, the Tampa Bay Lightning announced that Stamkos would not return to action on Saturday — as he’d hoped — and has been ruled out of representing Team Canada at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

“After reviewing the CT scan this afternoon, Dr. Gutentag made it clear to me and to Steven that the tibia is not completely healed and therefore he should not be participating in game action at any time in the near future,” Lightning GM Steve Yzerman said in an announcement. “Although the doctor was very pleased to this point with the healing process, he explained that the callus surrounding the fracture site is not 100 percent consolidated, and Steven will not be cleared to play in a game until that happens.

“It was a pretty clear cut decision, no gray areas at all.”

Stamkos suffered the break in mid-November against Boston, and has missed the last 39 games. He has been skating for weeks and, yesterday, said the leg felt the best it had since the initial injury.

On Monday, Stamkos said he was aiming to play in Saturday’s game versus Detroit, giving him one game of NHL prep before heading over to Sochi.

“Today is obviously very disappointing for me,” Stamkos said.  “I honestly believe that we did everything possible in order to have my injured leg ready in time for the Olympics, but I realize you can’t force healing. I know, in the best interest of my long term health, I cannot represent Canada in Sochi, as much as I would like to.

“I would like to thank the training staff for their dedication and hard work and I look forward to returning to the Lightning once cleared by the medical team.”

With this news, attention will turn to who’ll replace Stamkos on Team Canada. It’s likely one of Martin St. Louis, Claude Giroux, Eric Staal, James Neal, Taylor Hall, Mike Richards or Joe Thornton will be selected.

  1. areaman714 - Feb 5, 2014 at 4:41 PM

    Huge blow for Canada, mild blow for the Bolts. That is if he is down for only three weeks.

  2. lowenni - Feb 5, 2014 at 4:41 PM

    Definitely a tough blow for Canada. That being said, even without Stamkos they’re still the deepest team in the Olympics and will be more than able to make up for his goal scoring. His long term health is the most important thing. Wonder who they’ll choose to take now instead of him, St. Louis shouldn’t have been left off but Giroux is a righty like Stamkos. Guessing it’s one of those two

  3. Windmiller4 - Feb 5, 2014 at 4:42 PM

    Cue the St. Louis to Team Canada announcement

    • pfhockey - Feb 5, 2014 at 4:44 PM

      They’d better. I feel bad for Stammer but his career is more important.

      • jb8588 - Feb 5, 2014 at 4:56 PM

        And I would absolutely love it if Marty told Stevie Y to take his invite and shove it.

      • pfhockey - Feb 5, 2014 at 5:26 PM

        He should tell that to Babcock.

      • dueman - Feb 5, 2014 at 7:43 PM

        jb8588 – Why on Earth would he tell his GM to take his Olympic invite and shove it? What exactly would that do for him? Wow, what a stupid comment!

      • jb8588 - Feb 6, 2014 at 12:01 AM

        If I were in Marty’s shoes, I would certainly have a chip on my shoulder for being passed over in 2010 and again for 2014. Passed over twice, then suddenly they come crawling back to you when somebody is injured and can’t go? Dueman maybe you should of that first before replying you moron.

  4. sjsharks66 - Feb 5, 2014 at 4:43 PM

    Sad news, you could tell how badly he wanted to play. Will be scary when he comes back to action. Disappointment and anger could lead to a flood gate of goals for Stamkos.

    Well, at least he won’t be cramped in those tiny rooms.

  5. puckmepuckyou - Feb 5, 2014 at 4:54 PM

    Feel bad for S.S. He is a great player and a class act. Giroux or St. Louis. Coin toss

  6. jb8588 - Feb 5, 2014 at 4:55 PM

    As a Bolts fan…I couldn’t be happier.

    • dueman - Feb 5, 2014 at 7:52 PM

      So, as a Bolts fan you couldn’t be happier that your best player’s broken leg is not only not healed enough to play in the Olympics, but won’t even be reevaluated for another 2-3 weeks? You really aren’t the sharpest tool in the shed are you…

      • Spritezero1017 - Feb 5, 2014 at 8:47 PM

        Yes, that’s exactly what he was saying. That he’s glad
        Stamkos broke his leg. He was definitely not saying that
        he’s glad Stamkos will be able to rest, rehab and finish

        What a wholesale douchenugget you are.

      • jb8588 - Feb 5, 2014 at 11:53 PM

        Thank you Sprite. And dueman, YES, as a Bolts fan, the fact that the face of the franchise isn’t going to continue to rush his recovery and go over to Sochi and risk his long-term health and potentially put the franchise in jeopardy for the long-term is perfectly ok with me. And so what if he’s not 100% healed now? Most people were saying right after the injury that he was done for the season. If you care more about the international competition over your face of the franchises’ long-term health towards your team, then YOU are the one who needs the sharpening.

  7. titansbro - Feb 5, 2014 at 4:55 PM

    they should get that crosby guy to play in his place

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Feb 5, 2014 at 5:01 PM

      Bing? He died back in the 1970s.
      The Stanley Cup champion gold medal winning leading NHL scorer MVP captain guy is already on the team.

  8. nothanksimdriving123 - Feb 5, 2014 at 4:57 PM

    OK, two words…

  9. broadstreetbeatdown - Feb 5, 2014 at 4:59 PM

    Giroux, you’re up.

    • icelovinbrotha215 - Feb 5, 2014 at 5:46 PM

      Martin St. Louis is more deserving brings leadership that G lacks. Just calling it like it is.

      • broadstreetbeatdown - Feb 5, 2014 at 6:01 PM

        Then you haven’t watched Giroux play, “my brotha”.

  10. terrier92 - Feb 5, 2014 at 5:01 PM

    Tough break kid

    All the best from Bruins fans

    You are one tough customer

    Classy kid

  11. penvik - Feb 5, 2014 at 5:04 PM

    Wow, how is this a blow to Canada?? The bigger blow would have been taking a player at less than 100%. He’s good but he’s not better than Neal, Giroux, or St. Louis if he isn’t 100%. Thank god, best thing for team Canada, it’s quite obvious.

  12. realemman - Feb 5, 2014 at 5:13 PM

    Man, he went through aggressive rehab just to play to Sochi, if the Olympics weren’t taking place he wouldn’t have done that, and now he has to receive the news that he can’t play. It has to suck for him, he didn’t play in Vancouver, and won’t play in Russia as well, huge blow for him, the Lightning, and Team Canada.

  13. phillyfan11 - Feb 5, 2014 at 5:41 PM

    It will be interesting to see whether Team Canada chooses Giroux or St. Louis. Both are great players who are having nice seasons.

  14. jimmywho14 - Feb 5, 2014 at 5:52 PM

    I hope it’s not Giroux. I’d rather he have the rest

  15. tcclark - Feb 5, 2014 at 6:27 PM

    I wonder if they factored in chemistry when choosing to leave giroux off the first time. Clearly he and Crosby dont like each other. They couldve decided that they shouldnt play on the same team and chose Crosby. I wouldnt be surprised if they chose Neal.

  16. westinpat - Feb 5, 2014 at 6:37 PM

    Side note “After reviewing the CT scan this afternoon, Dr. Gutentag made it clear…”, that’s a pretty German sounding name.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Feb 5, 2014 at 6:57 PM

      Really! When did we start allowing people of European ancestry into North America? This can’t be a good trend.

      • westinpat - Feb 5, 2014 at 10:28 PM

        Doesn’t bother me, just sounded like a greeting in my head.

  17. joey4id - Feb 5, 2014 at 6:57 PM

    This is not a surprise to anyone close to the Team Canada. We all knew that his chances were NIL.

    joey4id – Jan 6, 2014 at 6:56 PM
    Saw Stamkos on TSN skating in full gear by himself. Ouch! Looks very ginger and awkward. Don’t think he’ll be ready and available in 4 weeks. Sorry! Get Kunitz in there.

    • badgerhockey77 – Jan 6, 2014 at 7:31 PM
    A month is a long time. I think he’ll be ready to play.

    o joey4id – Jan 6, 2014 at 9:14 PM
    Not only does he have to get the strength, flexibility, and mobility back in his leg, which can take weeks, he’ll also must get his game shape back. Do you think he’ll get to play games with TB before the Olympics begin? idk

    joey4id – Jan 9, 2014 at 10:58 AM
    BTW. I would think that the bubble replacement that’s going to generate a big buzz will be who they select as a forward should one of the selected 14 have to bow out. I’m still not convinced Stamkos is going to be ready. I mean, you’d think he’d need to get some game time with TB before going to Sochi.

    joey4id – Jan 18, 2014 at 3:45 PM
    Team Canada paging Martin St. Louis. Come in, Martin. Your presence is requested in Sochi to replace Stamkos. You will be playing on the right side of Crosby with Kunitz,.

  18. csilojohnson - Feb 5, 2014 at 7:05 PM

    I hope your on NBC’s payroll joey…
    Marty is going. I dont think Claudia gets the call due to him skipping “tryouts” or whatever event he decided not to attend.
    Stamkos is young he will have another chance next go around.

  19. muckleflugga - Feb 5, 2014 at 7:23 PM

    what tiresome numpty clutters these boards quoting himself … joey … honey …


    please tell me you don’t catalogue your comments in the hope you’ll click once or twice in the eighteen thousand offerings since christmas alone

    the library of congress and the smithsonian itself are building new wings … what of their needs for surprise

    the joey collection …?

    • joey4id - Feb 5, 2014 at 7:58 PM

      Just like Cherry when he pulls up his past segments to give us the “I told you so folks. I know hockey”. Well! I’m not 80! The urls, net, and PHT make the catalogue of not only my comments, but yours as well. 😉

    • joey4id - Feb 5, 2014 at 8:08 PM

      flugga, are you actually concerned about the number of comments since Christmas? Tell me you have other things to do with your day?

  20. mp1131211 - Feb 5, 2014 at 8:13 PM

    Must be American doctors

  21. muckleflugga - Feb 5, 2014 at 8:23 PM


    your offerings are sufficient of themselves in the moment

    thoughtful … well thought out … following a thread without need of underpinning from quotes … your authorship and ideas are well established, respected and are for the most part an enjoyable and enlightening read …

    when not repeated

    give your regular readers credit for memory and intelligence in sufficient quantity to connect the dots


    • joey4id - Feb 5, 2014 at 9:05 PM

      Ah! I see! Unfortunately, there are too few like you here, and more like the opposite.

  22. jbink2585 - Feb 5, 2014 at 10:17 PM

    As a flyers fan I wouldn’t mind not seeing Giroux selected as replacement, but from what I read many think he’s the guy I rather have him rested.

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