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Steven Stamkos injury coverage - when will the superstar make his return tot he Lightning?

Out since mid November after breaking his tibia in a game against the Boston Bruins, Steven Stamkos has turned heads with the speed of his recovery - walking without crutches, skating a month after the break, and returning to practice with the team. His expedited comeback was slowed by x-ray results, however.

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Steven Stamkos cleared to resume play

On today, the day of the 2014 NHL trade deadlien, the Tampa Bay Lightning have acquired a center without needding to spend one asset to acquire him.  Oh, sure, it took a lot of time, effort, and a good deal of patience to do it, but superstar Steen Stamkos has been cleared to return to NHL action.

While Stamkos' return is not a panacea for teh ailments of the Lightning at current, it should be one hell of a shot in the arm!  Tampa Bay face s divisional rival (and NHL cellar dweller) Buffalo at the Forum tomorrow night. What lineup changes to expect with the re-insertion of Stamkos in teh lineup is yet to be seen (with thanks to the Trade Deadline too) but we'll find out soon enough.

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Steven Stamkos not cleared to resume play




The Lightning superstar bows out of participation in the 2014 Winter Olympics.

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Stamkos sets a target return date



The recovering superstar center targets his return for later in the week.

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Bolts ravaged by injuries to key players

The Tampa Bay Lightning are taking the term "Olympic break" much too literally, as Ben Bishop, Valterri Filppula, and Anders Lindback are all injured as of this morning and range from questionable to doubtful for tomorrow's game at Bell Centre versus the Montreal Canadiens.

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Panik headed back to Syracuse

The young Slovak forward has struggled all season long in the NHL and will be sent down to the Syracuse Crunch of the AHL in a move that benefits everyone involved.

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Understanding Stamkos's rapid recovery

It's unfathomable. It's crazy. It's unreal. It's Steven Stamkos participating in practice with his team less than three months after breaking his leg. It's amazing and there

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Steven Stamkos returns to practice wearign the red, no-contact jersey

Perhaps a little ahead of schedule if his target is a three month recovery, perhaps right on time, Steven Stamkos has returned to practice with the Tampa Bay Lightning. This may be only a singular incident (for the time being; there's no telling how he'll feel in the morning) but for today -- the superhuman recovery reached another benchmark We link over to Bolts by the Bay and their story on the feat. Head on over there to read the full write up.

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Stamkos skates for 1st time since injury [Updated]

Just over a month after breaking his tibia, Steven Stamkos resumes skating

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Stamkos off crutches, and just as amazed as we are

It's been two weeks since Steven Stamkos broke his leg, and preceding today's presser with Stamkos was this tweet and photo:

That's just... wow. I don't associate people healing from a broken leg with walking unassisted. O'Donnell has a larger piece - talking to #91 as well as head coach Jon Cooper - over at Fox 13's website. You'll find in the article that it's not just me who is amazed by this, it's Stamkos himself:

"For me, I think it was just the mental thing of you just broke your leg and now you're walking on it," he said. "Just hopefully it doesn't break again, but the realization is that there is a rod in there now. It's even stronger than my other leg...Once you get over that, it gets a little easier."

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Jon Cooper's bold, gut prediction on Stamkos' return from his broken leg

"I don't think the question is going to be, 'Is he coming back to play this year for the Tampa Bay Lightning?' The question is, 'Is he going to be back (in February) to play for the Canadian Olympic team?' I'm the optimistic coach, but that's how it might turn out."

Originally published in the Tampa Bay Times, the bold predication on Stamkos is exceedingly optimistic. But is it realistic? Recovery time for broken tibia's can rage from 3 - 6 months... If Stamkos, who will not have played in 3 months, makes a return for the Olympics, odds are he'd be a reservist. The worst case scenario is Stamkos returning in May - which could provide a spark if the Bolts are in the playoffs at that time.
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Nananananananananana SYRACUSE!

When disaster strikes an NHL club, the AHL is usually the first stop for reinforcements.

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What did the Lightning lose in Steven Stamkos?

A statistical breakdown of the hole Stamkos leaves behind.

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Bolts can still contend without Stamkos

The injury to Steven Stamkos is undoubtedly bad news for anybody with a rooting interest in the Tampa Bay Lightning. But writing off the remainder of this season would be a big mistake.

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Where do the Lightning go from here?

With details coming to light about Steven Stamkos' injury -- a broken tibia sustained in yesterday's game against the Boston Bruins -- the question remains, what do the Lightning do now?

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The loss of Stamkos doesn't end the season

Though a major cog from the Tampa Bay Lightning is now out of the lineup indefinitely, that doesn't end the team's ability to contend this season. Nor is it a major loss for Team Canada's Mens ice hockey team.

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Steven Stamkos to be operated on for broken tibia

The 23 year-old Lightning assistant captain will have his broken leg surgically repaired tomorrow morning in Boston.

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