BY: John Mamola

When the news broke yesterday about Tampa Bay Lightning winger Steven Stamkos not being cleared medically to play in the Sochi Olympics for Canada, it sent shockwaves around Tampa Bay and his home country of Canada.  Stamkos continues to rehab from a broken tibia which he suffered in November against the Boston Bruins.  One person who wasn’t shocked by the news of Stamkos missing the Olympiad was Lightning television analyst Bobby Taylor who joined WDAE’s ‘The Sports Page’ on Thursday morning.

“I kept thinking it might be a little bit too soon for that leg (to heal)” said Taylor.  “He has control over it and he’s working like crazy and he really worked hard.  But the bone has to heal and I guess it’s not healed enough for him to go.”

Stamkos has missed 39 regular season games up to this point and will not return until the NHL resumes it’s season after the Olympic break. Taylor said he'd prefer to see teammate Martin St. Louis take Stamkos' place on the Canadian team roster.