NHL Morning Links - Nov. 12
November, 12, 2013
By Victoria Matiash | ESPN.com
A day later, news of the devastating leg injury suffered by Steven Stamkos is still rocking the hockey world. While the dynamic superstar is scheduled to undergo surgery on his broken right tibia, the Tampa Bay Lightning will have to figure out how to manage without the league’s top scorer; perhaps for the rest of the regular season. But the ripple effect of Stamkos’ injury goes well beyond the NHL. The potential loss is also massive for Team Canada ahead of the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia. As discussed by ESPN.com’s Pierre Lebrun, you can’t really replace a top-line sniper like Stamkos. If you’re GM Steve Yzerman – Lightning boss and architect of the Canadian Olympic team – you can only make do as best you can.
However, maybe the injury isn’t as bad as all that. From the glass-half-full department, Sportsnet suggests the 23-year-old didn’t suffer an “overly complicated'' break, and a return before the Olympics in February isn’t out of the question. Nick Kypreos reports Team Canada still intends to name Stamkos to their 25 man list. In any case, we should get a much better idea of the severity of the injury, and what sort of timetable for recovery may be in play, in the next 24 to 36 hours.
In what some may characterize as a gutsy move, the head coach of the Ottawa Senators is pledging to start a presumably healthy Craig Anderson over Robin Lehner against the Philadelphia Flyers. Lehner was named the NHL’s first star of the week after posting three wins (1.33 goals-against average, .953 save percentage) in a trio of appearances while Anderson recovered from a neck injury. “… Anderson is the No. 1 goalie and he’s ready to play,” said Paul MacLean on Monday. “He’s playing.” Anything less than a solid performance from Anderson on Tuesday will inevitably inspire spirited discussion as to who should sport the pads for Friday’s match with the Boston Bruins.