Stamkos ruled out for Canada
Both are capable. Hockey Canada announced that a replacement will be announced in the coming days, and others such as James Neal of the Pittsburgh Penguins, Eric Staal of the Carolina Hurricanes, Logan Couture of the San Jose Sharks and Tyler Seguin of the Dallas Stars have been mentioned.
The call from Canada executive director, Steve Yzerman, should go to St. Louis or Giroux. Yzerman, also St. Louis boss with the Lightning, couldn spurn his 3838 youth Heat jersey
year old star again, could he?
The potentially difficult decision became reality for Yzerman and Canada staff when the Lightning announced that Stamkos broken right tibia had not healed enoughto give him the green light to play in games.
Stamkos, who suffered the injury on Nov. 11 in a game against the Boston Bruins, had held out hope he could get back in the Lightning lineup on Saturday night against the Detroit Red Wings, as he had said this week that he couldn a problem resulting from the CT scan.
Instead, Stamkos will train through the Olympics and will be evaluated again in two to three weeks.
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decision was made after Stamkos met with Lightning medical director Dr. Ira Gutentag.
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, Yzerman said in a statement.
the doctor was very pleased to this point with the healing process, he explained that the callus surrounding the fracture site is not 100% consolidated, and Steven will not be cleared to play in a game until that happens. It was aa jerseys Heat
pretty clear cut decision, no gray areas at all. Stamkos, who had surgery to have a titanium rod placed in his leg, was downcast with the decision. He has missed the past 39 games.
is obviously very disappointing for me, Stamkos said. honestly believe that we did everything possible in order to have my injured leg ready in time for the Olympics, but I realize you can force healing. I know, in the best interest of my long term health, I cannot represent Canada in Sochi, as much as I would like to. I would like to thank the training staff for their dedication and hard work and I look forward to returningreturning free shipping cheap Heat jerseys
to the Lightning once cleared by the medical team. were some who had questioned whether Stamkos could have made a large impact for Canada, and that thought has some merit. It hard enough for players to get up to speed when they return to regular NHL games from an injury that has kept them out for three months, never mind that in this case, the player happens to be one of the best in the world, and Canada best sniper.
To expect Stamkos to be at full bore in Sochi, against the best players on the planet who have been in game shape for months, mentally and physically, might have been asking for too much.
The other side is that the Canadians will have to ponder the idea that Stamkos could have been just fine and made a solid contribution.
Now, that might fall at the feet of Giroux or St. Louis. It not really a bad problem for Yzerman Canada is a deep hockey nation, and a second roster of players not goinggoing cheap Heat jerseys china free shipping
to Russia looked pretty good on paper.
Put it this way whether Canada wins a gold wouldn have rested solely on Stamkos shoulders. A healthy Stamkos, one who had played all season, would have been a threat every time he was on the ice.