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Steven Stamkos a good bet for Olympics: Lightning coach

Tampa Bay head coach Jon Cooper believes Lightning star Steven Stamkos can return from a broken right shin in time for next month's Olympics.

Cooper believes Canadian forward can return from broken shin

Lightning head coach Jon Cooper believes star forward Steven Stamkos, pictured here, can return in time from a broken shin to help Canada at the Sochi Olympics next month. (Scott Iskowitz/Getty Images)

Tampa Bay head coach Jon Cooper believes Lightning star Steven Stamkos can return from a broken right shin in time for next month's Olympics.

Stamkos is on Canada's Olympic team and has been out since he was injured Nov. 11 at Boston and needed surgery.

Cooper said Thursday that if Stamkos can play for Tampa Bay before the Olympics "naturally he's going to be ready." The coach adds that he's certain Stamkos would not hold out to play in the Olympics, saying "he won't do that."

Stamkos had 14 goals and 23 points in 17 games before the injury.

Also, Tampa Bay goalie Ben Bishop has been placed on the injured list because of sprained right wrist. He is 22-5-3 with a 1.86 goals-against average this season.

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