Despite The Fact That General Supervisor Julien BriseBois was confident that captain Steven Stamkos would return for the playoffs this year, that will not be occurring in the Eastern Conference Finals. Head coach Jon Cooper told the media on Sunday that Stamkos would not be offered and would not play in the very best of 7 series versus the New york city Islanders;

This comes at the frustration and somewhat disgust of many Lightning fans who are now focusing their ire on the former very first general pick. In truth, there have actually been numerous people – whether it be on Twitter or in Facebook fan groups – stating that Stamkos should not just give up the “C” on his jersey, but that the group ought to outright cut ties with the star gamer due to his injury history.

Those individuals are incorrect.

First of all, no one is more annoyed with all of this than Steven Stamkos himself. His injuries have come at horrible times and as a leader on this team, you all understand he desires nothing more than to be out on the ice with his teammates contending for a Stanley Cup.

That’s the important things about injuries – you can’t anticipate them, you can’t prepare for them. Nevertheless, when they happen you need to do your best to treat them appropriately and when complications occur, you handle those. And that’s precisely what happened here. With core surgeries, the rehabilitation and recovery procedure is a difficult one. You begin overcompensating and produce brand-new problems. Sadly, that’s the speculation of what taken place here. Don’t forget – Stammer was a full participant in practices before the team left for the Toronto bubble. It remained in those sessions that the issue flared, causing his current lack.

In no other way is this team much better off – now, or in the long term – without Stamkos. Yes, the Lightning are 10-3 in bubble play without him, however are they really a much better group? There’s no concern that the power play has been lost without him. Beyond that, look at the way the Boston Bruins – albeit in a losing effort – controlled the face-off circle without Stammer there. Even on the charge kill, we ‘d see Stamkos out there to take face-offs, win, and leave the ice.

This team is certainly a better one when the captain is on the ice. Fortunately for Lightning fans, they have enough talent to mask the shortages left from him lack of availability.

With Victor Hedman, Brayden Point, Ondrej Palat, and the Gourde-Goodrow-Coleman line stepping up the way they have, the Lightning have actually won both of their playoff series in just 5 games. But a tougher test is ahead of them with the New York Islanders.

Much more guys will have to step their game up to another level in order to oust the Barry Trotz coached team so as not to relive the headache that was the 2018 Eastern Conference Finals versus the Washington Capitals that saw Tampa Bay blow a 3-2 series lead by not scoring a goal in the last seven periods.

There’s no doubt about it – Steven Stamkos missing out on from the lineup harms this team more the much deeper into the postseason they get. They genuine concern is, who is going to step up in this series to ensure Stamkos still gets a possibility – no matter how slim – to play in these playoffs?