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Steven Stamkos | Center | #91

Team: Tampa Bay Lightning
Age / DOB:  (27) / 2/7/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 194
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 1 (1) / TB
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Steven Stamkos (knee) isn't sure if he'll be back before the end of the regular season.
"When it's 100 percent, I'll be back," Stamkos said Friday after he returned to practice. "It's a question I can't answer. I've had a lot of ups and downs in this rehab process, where it feels like it's never going to get better. Then you have a week where it goes through the roof in regards to how you're feeling. I'll be playing when it feels ready. And I can't say it feels ready right now. But it was a start." Coach Jon Cooper added that Stamkos' return was not imminent. Still, he is taking some encouraging steps in the right direction. The Lightning only have 12 games left on the schedule and they are in a tight fight for a playoff spot. Mar 18 - 9:49 AM

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Although Steven Stamkos (knee) took part in Friday's practice, but it seems his return is not imminent.

In fact there's still no guarantee that Stamkos will return before the end of the campaign. He's not 100% yet and he won't be playing until he reaches that point. Unfortunately it's not clear how much longer he needs to get there.
Mar 17 - 1:36 PM

Steven Stamkos (knee) is participating in Friday's practice in a normal jersey as opposed to a no-contact one.

Stamkos took part in line rushes with Brayden Point and Nikita Kucherov. This is very encouraging, but it doesn't necessarily mean that Stamkos' return is imminent. We'll have to wait for more news from the Lightning.
Mar 17 - 12:16 PM

Steven Stamkos skated Saturday morning.

It was an optional skate as Stamkos is still not ready to join his teammates in a full practice. Stamkos has been out of action for four months following knee surgery. The original prognosis was a 6-month recovery period. The Bolts have said nothing as to a timetable for Stamkos' return.
Mar 12 - 11:32 AM

Steven Stamkos (knee) still doesn't have a timetable in place for a possible return to the lineup.

"We're not even in a spot to sit here and throw a date on him," coach Jon Cooper said. There have been some encouraging signs though, as Stamkos has been skating regularly with the team the past few weeks and he has been traveling with the Lightning. However, Cooper doesn't know when Stamkos will be able to take part in a full practice.
Mar 6 - 6:05 PM

According to Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times, it wouldn't be a surprise if Steven Stamkos took part in his first full team practice this week.

Which, of course, doesn't mean he's close to returning just yet. But it sure is a great sign. Any work he gets in this season puts him on course to hit the ground running next season.
Mar 5 - 1:04 PM

Steven Stamkos (knee) might be able to return before the end of the season.

"Everything is moving along really well," Lightning GM Steve Yzerman said. Stamkos has resumed skating, but there's no specific timetable for his return. He underwent knee surgery in mid-November.
Feb 27 - 11:23 AM

Steven Stamkos took to the ice in full gear Tuesday, working with assistant coach Brad Lauer, before the team's morning skate.

He did some stickhandling, shooting and some one-timers. "He's progressing well," GM Steve Yzerman said. "He's doing well, but can't give a return date yet." Stamkos is believed to be on a 4-6 month timetable since undergoing knee surgery in mid-November. A return this season has not been ruled out yet.
Feb 21 - 11:03 AM

Steven Stamkos is still believed to be on schedule from his expected four-month recovery from mid-November knee surgery.

The Lightning have not set a timetable for Stamkos' return, but it could come at some point in March. Stamkos has continued his rehab by doing off-ice and pool workouts. Tampa Bay has gone 15-18-6 since losing their star player and captain. Once he gets back on the ice it could take some time before he feels normal again.
Feb 15 - 10:57 AM

Steven Stamkos has been granted clearance to increase his workload, as he continues to rehab from knee surgery.

"Everything is very encouraging," GM Steve Yzerman said. Tampa Bay has not provided a timetable for when Stamkos will be available to return, but his recovery appears to be going well and sometime in March remains a possibility for when he will be ready to play again.
Jan 9 - 12:00 PM

Steven Stamkos is walking without crutches and was riding an exercise bike Monday.

Those are encouraging signs as he recovers from mid-November knee surgery. Stamkos isn't expected to be available until mid-March.
Jan 3 - 10:50 AM

Steven Stamkos (knee) is still on crutches and he continues his rehabilitation.

"It's a milestone-based recovery," said Scott Faucett, an orthopedic surgeon in Washington who has performed surgeries like Stamkos' on many college hockey players. "You can't work on strength if your knee is swollen. If you're not strong enough, you can't do a single leg squat or tolerate 5, 10 minutes of skating." He likely won't be able to resume skating for another month and isn't projected to be ready to return until mid-March. Stamkos hasn't spoken to the media since he suffered a lateral meniscus tear, which required surgery to repair. Lightning GM Steve Yzerman said, "He's doing fine" when asked for an update. That suggests that he remains on schedule.
Mon, Dec 26, 2016 11:14:00 AM

Steven Stamkos had successful knee surgery on Thursday. He is still expected to miss four-to-six months.

Six months still puts Stamkos in line to return during the playoffs, especially if Tampa Bay makes another deep run at the Cup.
Thu, Nov 17, 2016 08:20:00 PM

Steven Stamkos could reportedly miss four-to-six months following knee surgery.

A timetable for his recovery has not been confirmed yet, but it sounds like Stamkos will be sidelined for quite a while. The Lightning should update his condition after the procedure.
Thu, Nov 17, 2016 11:41:00 AM

Steven Stamkos is out indefinitely with a lateral meniscus tear.

"Tampa Bay Lightning captain Steven Stamkos suffered a lateral meniscus tear in his right knee during the team's game against the Detroit Red Wings Tuesday night and will remain out of the lineup indefinitely," said Lightning GM Steve Yzerman in a statement. "We are in the process of evaluating options for repair and rehabilitation and will release more information as it becomes available."
Wed, Nov 16, 2016 05:12:00 PM

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PosRoleName
C1Tyler Johnson
2Vladislav Namestnikov
3Cedric Paquette
4Steven Stamkos
LW1Jonathan Drouin
2Ondrej Palat
3Alex Killorn
4Greg McKegg
5Yanni Gourde
RW1Nikita Kucherov
2Ryan Callahan
3Brayden Point
4J.T. Brown
5Joel Vermin
6Adam Erne
D1Victor Hedman
2Anton Stralman
3Jason Garrison
4Braydon Coburn
5Jake Dotchin
6Andrej Sustr
7Luke Witkowski
G1Andrei Vasilevskiy
2Peter Budaj