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Stamkos healthy as eager Bolts report to camp

After injuries, playoff absence #Bolts report to camp with a chip on their shoulder

  • Lightning captain Steven Stamkos is healthy and ready to participate.
  • He underwent surgery last year after tearing his lateral meniscus in November.
  • “I’m glad he’s on our team this year,” said Ryan Callahan, who only play 18 games himself due to a nagging hip injury.
  • “There’s no sugar coating it wasn’t acceptable last year to not make the playoffs,” said Stamkos.
  • (9 a.m.- 2 p.m.)

    Sunday-Monday there is practice in Brandon and the Lightning’s first exhibition game is Tuesday against Carolina at Amalie Arena at 7:30 p.m.

Getting Stamkos back and getting back to the playoffs dominate media day talks

@SpecSportsFL: After injuries, playoff absence #Bolts report to camp with a chip on their shoulder

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Lightning captain Steven Stamkos is healthy and ready to participate.

It is a welcome site for Bolts fans everywhere.

“It’s the best I’ve felt since the surgery,” said Stamkos about his right knee.

He underwent surgery last year after tearing his lateral meniscus in November. He missed 65 games.

“It’s been a positive summer,” said the captain at Bolts media day. “I think in the last month, month and a half I’ve seen a lot of progression.”

“I’m glad he’s on our team this year,” said Ryan Callahan, who only play 18 games himself due to a nagging hip injury. “I can see him doing some damage, with the way he feels and how excited he it. It’s good to have him back.”

“I know he’s been training really hard to get back to this point,” said head coach Jon Cooper said about Stamkos. “He’s walking around like a man on a mission.”

As for the team’s mission, even on day one of camp, get back to the playoffs.

“Everyone had way too long of a summer,” said Lightning center Tyler Johnson.

“So, I never want to do that again. I think we’re ready. We like the group we have. We know what we can achieve. Anything less than winning is a failure for us.”

“There’s no sugar coating it wasn’t acceptable last year to not make the playoffs,” said Stamkos.

“We’ve added some key pieces. We want to start this year off on the right foot. We’ve started out a little sluggish the last couple years. It’s too hard to play catch-up all season.”

“Guys are hungry,” said Callahan. “We weren’t happy with last year. I think we had expectations going in to the year and missing the playoffs is pretty disappointing. Guys are ready and I think we have something to prove going into this year.”

The team’s first official practice is Friday at the Brandon Ice Sports Forum.  It is open to the public. (9 a.m.- 2 p.m.)

Saturday is Fan Fest at Amalie Arena. (9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.)

Sunday-Monday there is practice in Brandon and the Lightning’s first exhibition game is Tuesday against Carolina at Amalie Arena at 7:30 p.m.

Stamkos healthy as eager Bolts report to camp

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