Tampa Bay Lightning Remain a Contender Despite Steven Stamkos’ Injury

November 16th, 2016 by Jonathan Willis Leave a reply »

On Wednesday, the Tampa Bay Lightning issued an update on Steven Stamkos that raised as many questions as it answered. General manager Steve Yzerman confirmed that the knee injury suffered the previous night was a meniscus tear but offered no timeline and did not identify the course of treatment that player and club would be pursuing.

The lack of a timeline suggests that the Lightning captain could be out for a while. The good news, such as it is, is that we know Tampa Bay is better equipped than most teams to withstand the long-term absence of its most lethal goal scorer.

Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times spoke to a former team physician who suggested that without knowing details the possible length of absence could be anything from a couple of weeks to most of the season:

That’s obviously bad news. The current position of the Lightning—third in their division, with the four clubs immediately behind them all within four points—makes it worse. Yet we can be reasonably confident that the Bolts will muddle through because they’ve done it before.

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