Tampa Bay Lightning star Steven Stamkos suffered a lateral meniscus tear in his right knee during Tuesday night’s contest against Detroit, and at this point has been ruled out “indefinitely”, according to Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman. Stamkos flew home after the game for further tests. With a meniscus tear, athletes can return to their former level of ability, but it is an uphill battle throughout the recovery process.

Stamkos had scored 9 goals and 11 assists throughout the team’s first 17 games, putting him one point behind the league lead, after signing an eight-year, $68-million extension to stay in Tampa Bay, where he has been his entire career, after being drafted 1st-overall in 2008.

A broken tibia forced in November of 2013 caused Stamkos to miss all but 37 games that season, returning to the lineup at the end of March, only four months later. A blood clot suffered in April of last season caused him to miss all but Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Penguins, when he was still taking his prescribed blood thinners.


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