Captain Steven Stamkos will be limited at the start of Tampa Bay Lightning training camp because of a new lower-body injury.
General manager Julien BriseBois said Saturday that Stamkos fully recovered from core muscle surgery in early March but was injured again during voluntary workouts. Stamkos is expected to be ready for the start of the NHL’s expanded 24-team Stanley Cup playoffs in early August.
“We don’t have a specific timeline for when he will be a full participant in camp, but we expect he will be ready in time for games,” BriseBois said. “He’s here, he’s skating, he’s been getting treatment, he’s been coming to Amalie [Arena] doing his dry land work. But he will not be a full participant on Day One of training camp.”
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A 12-year veteran and 60-goal scorer in the 2011-12 campaign, Stamkos produced 66 points — 29 of them on goals — through 57 games this season, ranking him second on the team in both categories.
Stamkos has recorded 832 points, including 422 goals in 803 regular-season games since being drafted first overall by Tampa Bay in 2008.