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Steven Stamkos Will Not Participate In The Olympics For Team Canada

It was announced today by the Tampa Bay Lightning that Steven Stamkos will not be playing for Team Canada at the Winter Olympics in Sochi. A press release from the Lightning was just released…

Stamkos underwent a CT Scan (which offers a three-dimensional view of the bone) this afternoon and then met with Lightning Medical Director Ira Gutentag, who was unable to clear Stamkos for game participation at this time. Rehabilitation with the Lightning training staff will continue and he will be reevaluated in 2-3 weeks.

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It was reported two days ago that Stamkos could be ready for the Lightning’s last game before the Olympics, Saturday the 8th against the Detroit Red Wings. This was before being fully evaluated by doctors though.

After reviewing the CT scan this afternoon, Dr. Gutentag made it clear to me and to Steven that the tibia is not completely healed and therefore he should not be participating in game action at any time in the near future…

Although the doctor was very pleased to this point with the healing process, he explained that the callus surrounding the fracture site is not 100 percent consolidated, and Steven will not be cleared to play in a game until that happens. It was a pretty clear cut decision, no gray areas at all.

Steve Yzerman via Tampa Bay Lightning Official Website

It was becoming a little hard to believe that Stamkos would be able to recover as fast as he has, athletes are a different breed though, and take their training very seriously. Fortunately for Team Canada they have a plethora of talent to chose from if they plan on replacing him on the roster – Stamkos could have been a key contributor in the Olympics though.

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