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Lightning's Steven Stamkos: On reported recovery schedule, but concerns rising
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

The Lightning have not set a return date for Stamkos, who remains on schedule to come back in mid-March, but there is concern that they shouldn't push the center to return this season if they are not in playoff contention, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Stamkos has been doing off-ice and pool workouts, but he hasn't skated with the team yet. If his recovery is similar to that of Zach Parise -- who underwent the same procedure at the same age in November 2010 -- it could take a month from the time he began skating on his own to return. Parise took five months to recover and wasn't completely himself until the next season; he's never returned to the goal, assist or point totals of the two seasons before he had the procedure. There are no alarm bells going off for Stamkos right now, but this is important information for keeper leaguers who need to weigh roster and value decisions carefully.

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Lightning's Steven Stamkos: Off crutches and riding bike in rehab
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Stamkos (knee) is walking without crutches and riding the exercise bike, reports the Tampa Bay Times.

The no-crutches sighting Monday after the team practiced was a great sign -- the team could use an emotional boost and it signals the Stammer's rehab is progressing on target. Stamkos is expected to miss four months, putting his earliest return in mid-March.

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Lightning's Steven Stamkos: Still on crutches, but on target in recovery
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Stamkos (knee) is still on crutches and working on his rehabilitation in Tampa, reports the Tampa Tribune. There have been no official updates on his recovery.

Thursday will mark the six-week mark since his surgery and it will take at least another month for him to begin skating. Still, Stamkos appears on his original timeline, which was four-to-six months. He will start progressive weight bearing at some point around the six-week mark and his surgeon is confident Stamkos will have a full recovery if "we wait until four months" to return.

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Lightning's Steven Stamkos: Placed on IR
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Stamkos (knee) has been placed on injured reserve according to the NHL's official media site.

This is essentially just a formality at this point as we already knew that Stamkos would miss at least the next four months of the season. Tyler Johnson, Valtteri Flippula, and Vladislav Namestnikov will have to step up during the star center's extended absence.

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Lightning's Steven Stamkos: Knee surgery successful, but out at least four months
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

Stamkos (knee) underwent successful arthroscopic surgery to repair the lateral meniscus in his right knee Thursday.

The knee has two menisci that sit on the top of the tibia and act as shock absorbers. The lateral one is on the outside of the knee and is typically less likely to be injured than the medial one because it doesn't attach to the lateral ligament. Surgery is indicated when meniscus tears are severe and the aim is to preserve as much of the meniscus as possible. Stamkos will undergo a rigorous rehab program and is conservatively expected to miss at least four months, which might get him back on the ice to start the postseason.

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