Over the past few years, Tampa Bay Lightning star Steven Stamkos has dealt with more than his fair share of injuries. In 2014, a broken leg kept him from representing Canada at the Olympics and shortened his NHL season to 37 games. In 2016, the Lightning reached the Eastern Conference final, which Stamkos missed all but one game of. And just last season, he was limited to 17 games after sustaining a lateral meniscus tear in his right knee. As he has dealt with those setbacks, Nikita Kucherov has risen as an offensive star in Tampa Bay, and there’s a sense Ondrej Palat has more in him. With Jonathan Drouin shipped off to Montreal this summer, the Lightning need Stamkos back and it looks like he’s ready to go. Last week he tweeted a video of himself getting some edge work in on the ice, and on Tuesday he spoke about how excited he is for the start of training camp next week. “It’s just exciting,” Stamkos told Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times. “I haven’t looked this forward to a training camp in a long time. I feel like I’ve put in the work and I’m seeing the results.” A two-time 50-goal scorer, the 27-year-old instantly makes the Lightning a Stanley Cup favourite once more.
Stamkos: 'I haven't looked this forward to a training camp in a long time'
Sportsnet | Sep 5