The Tampa Bay Lightning said star center Steven Stamkos will be ready for the 2020-21 season, finally revealing details of the injury that limited him to just one game in their Stanley Cup championship run.
General manager Julien BriseBois said that Stamkos suffered a compensatory injury while rehabbing from a sports hernia surgery, which he underwent on March 2. Stamkos “fully recovered” from that surgery and participated in Phase 2 of the NHL’s return to play protocols, working out at team facilities.
“He did a tremendous job rehabbing during the pause and getting himself ready. As it happens sometimes with injuries, and particularly with this injury, sometimes your body compensates. It eventually triggered what we believe is a compensation injury that has developed into, or turned out to be related to this injury,” said BriseBois
The NHL has yet to determine when the 2020-21 season will begin, although NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said he wouldn’t be surprised if the proposed Dec. 1 start was pushed late into the month or into January 2021.
Stamkos, 30, was the second-leading scorer on the Lightning in 2019-20, with 29 goals and 37 assists in 57 games. He’s sixth among active players with 422 goals. He’s signed with the Lightning through 2023-24 season.