Bad news all around.
Bad news for the Eastern Conference leading Tampa Bay Lightning, the NHL, and perhaps, Canada’s Olympic hockey team.
Steven Stamkos is out indefinitely with a broken right leg after crashing into the net during Tampa’s 3-0 loss in Boston yesterday.
Stamkos is tied for the NHL lead in scoring and points and was a lock to be on the Canadian Olympic squad.
The Lightning star got tangled up with Bruins defenceman Dougie Hamilton and crashed into the right post, snapping his lower right leg in two in gruesome fashion.
It has been a great start to the season for Tampa Bay, who lead the East with a 12-and-5 record and 24 points.
But without their star sniper, the Lightning will be in tough.
And if you’re Team Canada general manager Steve Yzerman, who’s also the GM in Tampa, do you name Stamkos to the Olympic Team in later December, not knowing whether he’s going to be ready by February’s tournament?
I think it’s a foregone conclusion that Stamkos will not be wearing the Red & White in Sochi.