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Stamkos already walking without crutches; can the Bolts star return in time for the Olympics?

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BOSTON, MA - NOVEMBER 11: Steven Stamkos #91 of the Tampa Bay Lightning skates with the puck against Jarome Iginla #12 and Matt Bartkowski #43 of the Boston Bruins at the TD Garden on November 11, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Brian Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images) Author: The Hockey News

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Stamkos already walking without crutches; can the Bolts star return in time for the Olympics?

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Only two weeks after suffering a broken right leg, Lightning superstar Steven Stamkos is walking without crutches or a protective boot. That’s good news whether you’re a fan of the Bolts, Team Canada at the Sochi Olympics, or hockey in general.

Just two weeks after suffering a broken right leg, Lightning superstar Steven Stamkos is already walking without crutches or a protective boot. And that’s good news whether you’re a fan of the Bolts, Team Canada at the Sochi Olympics or hockey in general. Stamkos met with Tampa Bay media Monday morning and shocked the world by entering the room entirely on his own two feet. Stamkos told reporters Monday he expects to play again this season. But that didn't look like a strong possibility when he was hurt Nov. 11 after crashing into a goal post against the Bruins. The severity of the injury caused many to speculate the center would miss the Sochi Games – and although Stamkos cautiously avoided setting a timetable for his return Monday, you have to imagine the odds of him making it back by the time the tournament begins in the first week of February have just increased significantly. The Lightning would like him back as soon as possible as well; they’ve gone 2-3-1 since Stamkos was hurt and have been outscored 17-6 in their past four games (all losses). Do you think Stamkos can make it back to action in time for the Olympics?
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Stamkos already walking without crutches; can the Bolts star return in time for the Olympics?