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Stamkos not cleared for Olympics

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The Lightning's Steven Stamkos will not be playing for Team Canada at the Winter Olympics in Sochi. He had a CT scan today and it clearly showed that his broken right leg has not yet healed -- so rehab will continue for the next two to three weeks and then his leg will be re-evaluated.

"After reviewing the CT scan this afternoon, Dr. Gutentag made it clear to me and to Steven that the tibia is not completely healed and therefore he should not be participating in game action at any time in the near future," General Manager Steve Yzerman said. "Although the doctor was very pleased to this point with the healing process, he explained that the callus surrounding the fracture site is not 100 percent consolidated, and Steven will not be cleared to play in a game until that happens. It was a pretty clear cut decision, no gray areas at all."

Lightning fans know how disappointed Stamkos has to be given how hard he has worked since he broke his leg back on November 11. On the bright side -- at least the three-week Olympic break will give Stamkos more time to heal the leg and still get back on the ice to help his Lightning make a push for the playoffs.

"I realize you can't force healing, Stamkos said. "I know, in the best interest of my long term health, I cannot represent Canada in Sochi, as much as I would like to. I would like to thank the training staff for their dedication and hard work and I look forward to returning to the Lightning once cleared by the medical team."

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