Stamkos (knee) has no doubt that he will be ready for the 2017-18 campaign.
Stamkos played in a mere 17 contests this season after suffering a knee injury in mid-November. In his limited action, the 27-year-old tallied nine goals and 11 helpers, including seven points with the man advantage. The center, who was also sidelined for the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs, has been hard hit by injuries/illness and will look to get back to being the player that logged three straight full 82-game seasons.
Stamkos (knee) is likely done for the season, reports the Toronto Star.
"It's really not looking that good," Stamkos told reporters after Thursday's morning skate in Toronto. "The flexion (bending) in my knee is very limited. We hit a plateau there and it's frustrating." Stammer has been limited to 17 games this season, and the knee injury is his third major health setback in four seasons. He snapped his tibia in November 2013 and was then shut down with blood clots late last season.
Stamkos (knee) will not play Thursday in Toronto, ESPN's Pierre LeBrun reports.
The waiting game continues for Stamkos' return, which may not come in 2016-17 if the Lightning are to lose Thursday and in turn be eliminated from postseason contention. The two-time "Rocket" Richard Trophy winner remarked that his odds of playing in the remainder of the regular season "probably not looking that good." Expect the Lightning or the player to issue a further update ahead of each of the remaining games this campaign.
Stamkos (knee) has been ruled out of Tuesday's battle for playoff qualification in Boston, Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
There was some hope that the Bolts' captain would be able to get in to the lineup for Tuesday's crucial game, but it appears as though the team doesn't want to rush Stamkos' recovery. The one-time 60-goal scorer has been practicing since March 17 and will be looking to get back to game action at some point before the conclusion of the regular season, with his next opportunity coming Thursday in Toronto.
Stamkos (knee) did not take line rushes at morning skate ahead of Tuesday's road contest against the Bruins, Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Tampa Bay's chances of making the postseason stand at roughly 25 percent, leaving fans of the Bolts clamoring for Stamkos to make his return. While he technically remains on injured reserve, coach Jon Cooper called Stamkos day-to-day before the 27-year-old wound up missing Sunday's contest versus the visiting Stars. This situation reminds us of last posteason, when Stamkos dealt with blood clots and worked his tail off in order to draw into a desperation conference quarterfinal contest against the Penguins; fantasy owners have little choice but to hang onto him and hope he can make an appearance in at least one of the four games that remain for the Lightning.