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Stamkos comment on the Playoffs

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"It's tough to get to these playoffs," Stamkos said. "We can't take that for granted. We had to put that in perspective a little bit for everyone in this room, ourselves included. We have to start acting like we're here and we're here for a reason."

Steven Stamkos, remarking on a team meeting after Friday's loss | Tampa Bay Times (paywall watch)

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

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"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.

"I won't be skating any time soon. We were making progress I guess and then you get an ultimatum....

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"I won't be skating any time soon. We were making progress I guess and then you get an ultimatum. Tough to take''

Lightning forward Martin St. Louis via Erik Erlendsson on Twitter

You can listen to tonight's preseason game by visiting thisisnewfoundlandlabrador.ca

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You can listen to tonight's preseason game by visiting thisisnewfoundlandlabrador.ca

Syracuse Crunch official Twitter account, reporting tonight's AHL preseason game between the Crunch and the St. John's Icecaps will have audio live-streamed online.

Why can't both sides in the mess stop putting their efforts into winning a PR battle and just lock...

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Why can't both sides in the mess stop putting their efforts into winning a PR battle and just lock themselves in a room and get it done?

Tampa Tribune Lightning beat writer Erik Erlendsson via Twitter in response to dueling Public Relations attempts by teh NHl and NHLPA on the first day of the 2012 NHL Lockout

Casualty of labor uncertainty: GM Yzerman said unless CBA deal done quickly, Lightning won't...

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Casualty of labor uncertainty: GM Yzerman said unless CBA deal done quickly, Lightning won't participate in a September prospect tournament

Damian Cristodero via Twitter

Written in Peter Laviolette's contract: 25a, section 5 -- Does not have to play against the 1-3-1...

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Written in Peter Laviolette's contract: 25a, section 5 -- Does not have to play against the 1-3-1...

Mark Pukalo via Twitter responding to the news that the Flyers extended the contract for head coach Peter Laviolette.

Major Changes in Store for Clearwater Ice Arena Changes include a new electronic entrance, a new...

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Major Changes in Store for Clearwater Ice Arena Changes include a new electronic entrance, a new roof, a large fitness center, an expanded pro shop, a Zamboni garage and new paint for the ice surface. Future plans could include a new sheet of ice for the arena, but for now Beaudin and Proodian are taking things one step at a time. Clearwater Patch

I miss Len Barrie. By now Parise would have been handed a $200 million deal and his own Hooter's...

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I miss Len Barrie. By now Parise would have been handed a $200 million deal and his own Hooter's franchise in Tampa.

Greg Wyshynski via Twitter, remarking on the lack of resolution to Zach Parise's free agent status.

‪#tblightning‬ are one of many teams interested in sought-after Dman Justin Schultz, GM Steve...

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‪#tblightning‬ are one of many teams interested in sought-after Dman Justin Schultz, GM Steve Yzerman hoping to get the chance to speak to him

Erik Erlendsson, via Twitter. Schultz, who had been playing college hockey at the University of Wisconsin, will be interviewing with teams at Newport Sports Agency in Toronto and will likely make a decision in a few days.
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