Steven Stamkos is reportedly circling February 6 as his return date for the Tampa Bay Lightning. That timeline would put him right on schedule to suit up for Team Canada at the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi. Tampa will square off with the Toronto Maple Leafs on the sixth before taking on the Detroit Red Wings on February 8.
Team Canada’s first contest of the tournament is also on the eighth. They’re set to do battle with their nemesis in the Swiss, and it appears that Stamkos could very well be wearing the Maple Leaf on his chest by that point.
This latest update comes from TSN’s hockey insider, Darren Dreger. For Tuesday’s installment of Insider Trading, he gave the following update on the injured superstar forward:
He’s ahead of schedule. He’s targeting February 6 against the Tornoto Maple Leafs as his expected date of return. He’s working out on a daily basis, riding a bike, and core training. He’s going to work out exclusively with Gary Robertsover the Christmas break and then he’ll kick it in to high gear and do two-a-day training in January.
Pierre LeBrun added that Team Canada will take as much time as they can before announcing their final roster on January 7.
Coming back to the NHL in such a hasty fashion is a challenge in and of itself. Going for months without seeing an actual game, then playing in a single contest before heading to Sochi though? That’s a pretty remarkable comeback attempt to say the least. If anyone can do it though, it’s Stamkos.
He’s regarded as one of the hardest workers in the league, and a workout regimen with Roberts will have him back to his usual playing strength in no time at all. Keep an eye on this one. It’s going to be an interesting storyline to watch moving forward.