Steven Stamkos needs to play his way into the Olympics.

If he can’t go for the Lightning in a game before heading to Russia, he shouldn’t go.

I’d rather break his heart than have him break something else, even in the name of Canada.

We’re officially in a weird area.

It’s just three weeks until hockey begins in Sochi.

The Lightning appear playoff bound.

Lightning GM Steve Yzerman can’t listen to Stamkos’ heart.

It’s complicated, since Yzerman is also GM for Team Canada. By the way, Y needs to drop one of those gigs after these Games. We’ve seen from the Marty St. Louis Olympic snub that Yzerman is in an awkward position. Now it’s stranger still with Stamkos’ situation.

I think Yzerman, with the doctors, will make the right call.

Stamkos’ heart can’t be the tiebreaker.

The Lightning played the Maple Leafs on Tuesday night, not far from where Stamkos grew up and where every hockey head in a hockey nation needs to know: Is Stammer going?

Tuesday morning, Stamkos skated with his teammates for about 15 minutes. Then he broke some news. He doesn’t necessarily think he has to play in any Lightning games before the Olympic break to play in Sochi.

Sochi? Going in cold?

This doesn’t feel right.

It was always play for the Lightning, then the Olympics ...

This doesn’t feel right.