Stamkos injured, who can take his place?
In one fell swoop Steve Yzerman lost an integral part of two teams on Monday, when the Canadian men’s Olympic hockey team and Tampa Bay Lightning general manager saw superstar forward Steven Stamkos stretchered off the ice in Boston during an NHL regular season game. He is having surgery on a broken tibia today in Boston.
There is no replacing Stamkos. He is a 60-goal scorer and those are rare. However, hockey blogger and host of The Steve Dangle Podcast, Steve Dangle Glynn, gives us a few potential linemates for Sidney Crosby on Team Canada in Sochi.
The Canadian Olympic Team wishes Stamkos a very speedy recovery and we hope the two-time Maurice Richard trophy winner is back on the ice scoring goals in no time. While our fingers are crossed that the 23-year old Canadian goal machine will be back for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games, it doesn’t hurt to see what options Canada can explore should Stamkos be unable to skate in Sochi.
Will Steven Stamkos get to be a hero on Russian ice like Paul Henderson in 1972? Stamkos is in a race against time.
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