One of the most exciting tournaments in hockey will be start in just a few weeks, while Canada’s roster hasn’t been announced yet we all have a pretty good idea who’s going to make the roster but there still a few spots that we aren’t sure and I’m sure that Yzerman his asking himself the same questions. The biggest one is probably about Steven Stamkos, with the broken leg injury that he suffered on November 11th everyone thought he would miss the Sochi Olympics. But we the quick progress that he his doing his name is back in the mix, but will he be able to play before the team is announced on January 7th?
I’m sure Stamkos his dying to play at the Olympics, after being cut from the team when he was 20 years old he’s now the best goal scorer in the league without a doubt and would be a BIG, BIG part of team Canada’s run to the gold medal.
February 6th Update
Martin St-Louis will be taking Stamkos’ spot.
February 5th Update
Stamkos wasn’t clear by the Tampa Bay staff to play.
February 4th Update
The team is hoping to have Steven Stamkos play on Saturday night, last game before the Olympics
January 16th Update
Stamkos was part of his first morning skate today with is team mates since he broke his tibia.
Stamkos was already walking without crutches 10 days after getting a metal pin install in his leg to fix that broken tibia and he was doing basic drills on the ice just a few weeks after. So this brings up a question, will Yzerman add him to the roster on January 7th taking a chance that he won’t be ready to play? In my opinion it’s worth the risk because Yzerman has to give a 25 men roster so this allows him to have a few spare players during the tournament in case of injuries or to decide on the line-up for the medal round. Even if Stamkos can’t play, team Canada will still be packed with offensive players that will be able to deliver on his behalf.
If everything goes according to the plans, which for now it’s going even better than planned, Stamkos should play a few game with Tampa Bay before going to Russia. Great news, because he’ll be rusty after missing so much of the action.
So if he’s planning to get a few NHL games before the Olympics tournament he’ll probably be coming back by the end of January or early, very early February.
What It Could Be
Imagine this, Stamkos, Crosby and Sharp on the first line. AMAZING!!! right?