Steven Stamkos feeling 'much better' than end of season
It certainly raised some eyebrows Thursday when a release circulated that Lightning captain Steven Stamkos was scheduled to play in a Canadian Hockey League Alumni Game May 27 in Windsor, Ontario.
After all, Stamkos hadn't played since mid-November surgery to repair a torn lateral mensicus in his right knee.
But Stamkos clarified that he is not playing in the game, saying the organizers put him on the roster without confirming with him. That doesn't mean Stamkos' rehab has hit any snags.
"Things are going well," Stamkos wrote to the Tampa Bay Times. "Feeling much better than where I was at the end of the season."
Stamkos skated with the Lightning for the final month of the regular season, hoping to make it back in time. Stamkos said on exit interview day his return "wasn't as close as everyone thought," but was confident he'd be back to "100 percent" for next season.
GM Steve Yzerman said a few weeks ago Stamkos' rehab was on schedule and he'd be "ready to go" for camp/next season.