BY: John Mamola / 620wdae.com
If you believe that Tampa Bay Lighthing General Manager Steve Yzerman’s job is tough just handling the roster of the Bolts, how about the roster that will represent a country in the upcoming Sochi Olympic Games this February? That’s the task at hand for Yzerman as Team Canada looks for back to back gold medals with the rosters to be announced on January 7th of next year.
Two possible players that could be in the mix for Team Canada including two of the Lightning’s biggest stars in Steven Stamkos, and Martin St. Louis. Stamkos currently rehabbing from a broken right tibia has said his goal is to be playing for Team Canada in February, and that wouldn’t surprise TSN’s Darren Pang a single bit.
“It will surprise no one is Steven Stamkos returns before the Olympics and plays in the Olympics, and leads Tampa Bay to a really good playoff year” said Pang on WDAE’s ‘The Sports Page’ Thursday morning. “As soon as he returns it’s going to be really something. There will probably be a little bit of a drop off which usually happens with players, because of the emotions of getting back. Then it will be a pretty high level of play after that.”
As for St. Louis, Pang believes the decision to possibly include the 38 year old veteran winger could come down to what Team Canada’s coaching staff would want at the forward position. Pang believes that St. Louis wouldn’t be a bad pick if Yzerman wants to place him on the roster.
“You can’t go wrong having a guy like Marty (St. Louis) on your team in my opinion. Whether he plays a lot or whether he doesn’t play a lot, he’s still such a great individual and great character that you can’t go wrong having him on the team” said Pang.
The Olympics begin in Sochi, Russia on February 7th, 2014.