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Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper thinks Lightning star Steven Stamkos can be ready for Olympics

Thursday, 01.09.2014 / 4:45 PM / News

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Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper thinks Lightning star Steven Stamkos can be ready for Olympics

TAMPA, Fla. - Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper believes Lightning star Steven Stamkos can return from a broken right shin in time for next month's Olympics.

Stamkos is on Canada's Olympic team and has been out since he was injured Nov. 11 at Boston and needed surgery.

Cooper said Thursday that if Stamkos can play for Tampa Bay before the Olympics "naturally he's going to be ready." The coach adds that he's certain Stamkos would not hold out to play in the Olympics, saying "he won't do that."

Stamkos had 14 goals and 23 points in 17 games before the injury.

Also, Tampa Bay goalie Ben Bishop has been placed on the injured list because of sprained right wrist. He is 22-5-3 with an 1.86 goals-against average this season.

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I don't think it's really truly going to sink in until we drop the puck, to be honest. I know there's going to be a lot of smoke and mirrors with the media attention and all that. We came [Monday] and it was sort of a light day to get things organized. We just want to focus in on the business aspect, the game itself. That's what we're preparing to do. Get these next couple of days out of the way and it's game on.

— Lightning captain Steven Stamkos on playing in his first Stanley Cup Final