The Tampa captain played one game during the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs — Game 3 of the Cup Final — and scored a goal in a total of 2:47 of ice time. Three games later the Lightning captured the second title in franchise history.
“He did a tremendous job rehabbing during the pause and getting himself ready, but as it happens, sometimes with all injuries but this injury in particular, sometimes your body compensates and it eventually triggered what we believe is a compensation injury,” BriseBois said. “We’re talking about weeks of rehab, not months of rehab, and we fully expect him to be ready for the start of training camp, whenever that will be.”
BriseBois said that the 30-year-old Stamkos being in the bubble made the situation difficult as far as getting treatment.
“If he goes out of the bubble, now he’s got to quarantine again,” BriseBois said. “What’s the trade off? He wants to be around the team. We want him around the team. It certainly complicated matters, and I will know more next week [after Stamkos sees a specialist].”
The good thing is that any sort of rehab Stamkos will need will require weeks, not months. That expectation is why BriseBois and the Lightning are confident he’ll be on the ice whenever their Stanley Cup defense begins.