It was the biggest news item in the hockey world on Wednesday: Steve Stamkos officially ruled out of the 2014 Winter Olympics due to the broken tibia he suffered in November.
Sidney Crosby, who was projected to play in the middle on Canada’s top line with Stamkos on the right side, spoke following the Pittsburgh Penguins’ win over the Buffalo Sabres about what transpired earlier in the day with his fellow Canadian.
“We all figured that if there’s anyone who’s going to find a way to get back, it’d be him,” said Crosby, as per Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Crosby added: “It’s probably more difficult for him than anyone else. We feel for him, but we obviously have to move forward.”
Within minutes of the Stamkos announcement, the debate about who should replace the prolific scorer on Canada’s men’s Olympic hockey team suddenly began. Of course, you can have your say, by taking the ProHockeyTalk Poll: Who should replace Stamkos on Team Canada?
According to ESPN and TSN hockey insider Pierre LeBrun, Team Canada’s executive director Steve Yzerman will announce a replacement player “within 48 hours.”