Here is some outstanding news for Tampa Bay Lightning fans (and after the past two games, we need some); star center, and alternate captain Steven Stamkos has recently revealed, via TSN’s Darren Dreger, that his eyes are firmly set on returning to the ice for the Bolts on Feb. 6 against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.
Stamkos broke his right tibia on Nov. 11 while playing against the Boston Bruins at TD Garden. The next day Stammer had surgery on his leg in Massachusetts, inserting a metal rod in the bone, and has spent the last three weeks resting and recuperating from the injury.
Though “resting” may not actually be the right word, as the rehabilitation process is already underway.
Via Dreger, Stamkos is way ahead of schedule with his rehab, that consists of riding a bike and lots of core training. He has been working out exclusively with trainer Gary Roberts, and will continue to do so through the Christmas break, before kicking it into high-gear through January with two-a-day training sessions to meet his goal date.
If Stammer is able to play for the Lightning by early February, then in all likelihood he would be ready to play for Team Canada at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games, which starts a week later on Feb. 13.
Either way, Stamkos’ progress is amazing and going faster than I think anyone could have predicted. I personally hope it continues to do so. It would be so great to finally see him back out there on the ice wearing Tampa Bay blue in February. The Bolts Nation would welcome him back to the Forum with thunderous applause, of that I have no doubts.