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Stamkos gets the ‘green light’ to return to Bolts lineup

Mar 5, 2014, 10:18 AM EDT

We’ll let the man make the big announcement for himself:

Steven Stamkos last played on Nov. 11, when he broke his right tibia in a game in Boston. He’d hoped to be back in time to play for Canada at the Olympics; alas, it wasn’t to be.

The Lightning have carried on well without their elite sniper, going 22-18-5 since starting the season 12-5-0 with Stamkos (14 goals, 9 assists) in the lineup. At this point, it would take a tremendous collapse for the team to miss the playoffs.

Tampa Bay plays its next six games at home, including tomorrow’s contest versus Buffalo. If there’s a challenge for Jon Cooper’s troops, it could be making sure nobody lets their foot off the gas now that their best player is back.

The Lightning have a real chance to make some noise in the playoffs. As it stands right now, they’re likely to play either Montreal, Toronto, or Detroit in the first round.

  1. dhawks19 - Mar 5, 2014 at 10:36 AM

    YES! The Eastern conference just got more interesting.

  2. sunking1 - Mar 5, 2014 at 10:40 AM

    Welcome back Stammer! Your presence alone should significantly improve our offense which has been struggling, let alone that your return will allow players to move back to their proper position (not having 2nd-3rd line players playing 1st line minutes)

  3. blues1988 - Mar 5, 2014 at 10:43 AM

    huge, just in time for fantasy playoffs!

  4. flyerguy73 - Mar 5, 2014 at 10:52 AM

    Good for him. He is a great player!

  5. imgoingtowichita - Mar 5, 2014 at 11:08 AM

    And a great guy. Good luck!

  6. falstaffsmind - Mar 5, 2014 at 11:38 AM

    That’s welcome news. Ironically, Stammer’s absence has forced some other younger players to step up. So the team he is returning to is a better in some respects, than the team than he left.

    • 19to77 - Mar 5, 2014 at 12:15 PM

      And worse in others. For instance, they just lost Marty St Louis.

  7. ctcork - Mar 5, 2014 at 12:17 PM

    Still heartbroken over losing Marty. This made it a little better. That, and Marty gets to play with Brad Richards again. I want to crawl into a hole.

  8. 2qswing - Mar 5, 2014 at 12:22 PM

    Good luck Stammer. 1st class player and person.

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