As Tuesday’s announcement of Canada’s Olympic roster edges closer, Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos nudges ever so closer to potentially being a part of that team.

Stamkos continues to skate and increase his movements on the ice as he recovers from a broken right tibia suffered Nov. 11. Though there remains uncertainty as to when he will be able to return to action, Stamkos maintains his goal of wanting to be a part of the Olympic experience next month in Sochi, Russia.

“I’m a pretty driven guy. I set goals for myself and I’m going to do everything possible to know that I’m going to be able to look at myself in the mirror and say that I did everything in my power to try and be on that team,’’ Stamkos said.

“So that is something that is a goal of mine. I want to come back and play hockey for the Tampa Bay Lightning before I go to the Olympics if that’s the case, but it’s nice to have that goal so you have something to shoot for to get through some of the tougher days.’’

It has been seven weeks since Stamkos underwent surgery to insert a titanium rod in his right leg to stabilize the tibia bone. The 23-year-old has been traveling with the team for the past three weeks as he has been able to skate.

What he is now able to do is skate with speed in straight lines with some light shooting of the puck, and Wednesday he was doing slalom drills going side-to-side.