There is now a timeline on the Steven Stamkos injury. As reported on the Hot Stove last night it appears that Stamkos will be out for 12 weeks. If he keeps to this 12 week time line he will be able to compete for Team Canada in the Olympics. As for naming him to the Olympic Team while injured here is what Elliotte Friedman said about the situation:
“Team Canada went to the International Ice Hockey Federation and asked if there was anything preventing them from putting an injured player on the roster then changing it later. And they were told ‘no, there is no by law that specifically prevents that’. So they have to name the team by December 31st, they don’t have to put in their final roster in until 24 hours before the first game. So they have some room to breathe on Stamkos.”
I have no doubts that Stamkos will keep to his timeline based on his sheer determination, but if something goes wrong there are a lot of good Canadian players that can take his spot. Some names that have been mentioned are Joffrey Lupul and Jamie Benn.
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