Lightning's Stamkos has surgery on broken leg

Tampa Bay Lightning centre Steven Stamkos is wheeled off on a stretcher during the second period...

Tampa Bay Lightning centre Steven Stamkos is wheeled off on a stretcher during the second period against the Boston Bruins at TD Banknorth Garden Monday. (Bob DeChiara/USA TODAY Sports)

CHRIS STEVENSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:18 PM ET

Executive director Steve Yzerman will meet with the rest of Team Canada’s braintrust Wednesday to discuss candidates for Canada’s Olympic men’s hockey team.

There won’t be any answers when it comes to first-line forward Steven Stamkos, the Tampa Bay Lightning centre who had surgery on his broken right tibia Tuesday.

Yzerman, who’s also the general manager of the Lightning, still doesn’t know how long Stamkos will be out or whether he’ll be ready in three months to play in the Olympics.

“I can’t give you a time frame on whether he’s going to be eight, 12, 16 weeks. I can’t give you a time frame on that,” said Yzerman after taking part in the NHL general managers’ meetings. “All I can say is he’s out indefinitely for now. I think after speaking with the doctors (Tuesday night), I’ll have a better idea of the time frame. Obviously, we would hope he’ll be healthy for the Olympics, but we have no idea at this stage.”


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