It’s been a challenging few weeks for the Tampa Bay Lightning and star center Steven Stamkos. Both are dealing with injury woes, the latter of whom’s likely to miss a significant amount of playing time after breaking his right tibia bone Nov 11 in Boston.
How long exactly?
While no one can say for certain, TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger reported earlier this week that Stamkos is targeting Feb 6 against the Toronto Maple Leafs as his potential return date. Sounds promising, right? Not so fast.
Contrary to TSN’s original report, Stamkos himself told NHL.com Wednesday that there’s no specific timetable for his return, though Feb 6 is a personal goal he’s working towards. It all depends on how quickly the bone heals though.
As enticing as it might be to watch the league’s two best players, Stamkos and Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby, possibly skating on a line together during the upcoming Olympic games, one must keep in mind the long-term effects rushing back could have on not only the Lightning but also his still young career.
Of course, Stamkos is smart enough to know that and has a great team of medical professionals looking after him. Great to see if you’re a hockey fan who appreciates watching elite talents dazzle year in and year out, with few signs of slowing.
No matter what happens with his recovery, it’s fairly safe to assume Stamkos will return at some point this season. His game may be a tad rusty, but there’s no doubting how much he impacts the Lightning.