It would seem as if things are looking up in a big way for the Tampa Bay Lightning today. Damian Cristodero of the Tampa Bay Times is reporting that Lightning center Steven Stamkos plans to make his return to the Tampa Bay Lightning on home ice on Saturday, February 8th against the Detroit Red Wings.
Stamkos says his target date to play is Saturday at home vs Red Wings. Will determine Olympic participation off that game.
— Damian Cristodero (@LightningTimes) February 3, 2014
After his participation in this game, Stamkos will determine whether or not he will be able to travel to Sochi to represent Team Canada in the 2014 Winter Olympic Games, which kick off on Thursday.
Thankfully, Olympic hockey doesn’t kick off until February 12th for the Men, so Stamkos was afforded a little extra time not only to make his decision, but to allow himself more time to properly heal.
Before being taken out with his injury, Stamkos had played in 17 games in a Lightning sweater. In that time, he had already netted 14 goals and 9 assists for a total of 23 points. He was on track to give current NHL goals leader Alex Ovechkin a run for his money.
I am sure that the entire Bolts Nation has just breathed in a giant sigh of relief in knowing that their Alternate Captain will be returning to the ice soon.