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Lightning won't 'rush' Stamkos: report

by NHL.com Staff

Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos did not play in a scrimmage Sunday and is questionable to participate Monday, according to Erik Erlendsson of The Tampa Tribune.

Lightning coach Jon Cooper said the plan is to take it easy with Stamkos, who broke his leg in a game against the Boston Bruins last November and had a procedure last month to remove a screw in his surgically repaired right tibia bone.

"We've got a plan for him and we don't want to [rush him]. We need him for October, we don't need him necessarily right now," Cooper told the newspaper. "We want to make sure that when we are getting down to the nuts and bolts of our team that he is going to be able to play. He's able to play now, we just want to see other guys. We know what he can do."

Tampa Bay will host the Nashville Predators in its preseason opener on Tuesday.

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