Steven Stamkos on his health, his ‘last chance’ at the Olympics and the Lightning window – The Athletic


It was another short offseason for Lightning captain Steven Stamkos.

He’s been busy, however. Stamkos, 31, sold his home in the Davis Islands and bought another. He then took the Stanley Cup back to his hometown of Markham, Ont. The Blitz weekend was filled with community events, precious family moments and, uh, celebrations.

“What haven’t I done?” Stamkos joked. “That’s the question.”

But what made this summer different for Stamkos is important not only to him, but to the Lightning.

He did not have to face extensive rehabilitation from basic surgery. Stamkos is therefore feeling well before the opening of Wednesday’s training camp at the Amalie Arena.

“I was happy to finally – even at a short offseason – where I could focus on certain things that I wanted with how I felt physically,” Stamkos said in Chicago on the NHL Player Media Tour. “Mentally, difficulty is one thing, but physically, having dealt with some of the injuries that I have, to feel pretty good again when I wake up every morning, every day. I’m in a much better place now for sure.

Stamkos have just had a solid season. He racked up 17 goals and 34 points in 38 games during the regular season before missing the last month with a lower body injury, which he admitted was somewhat related to his basic surgeries. . He had 18 points (eight goals) in the Lightning’s Stanley Cup race, although he saw his 5-on-5 minutes drop to ninth among forwards.

But expect not only a healthy but also motivated Stamkos heading into this season.


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