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What Stamkos' absence means

Team Canada has tough decisions to make with Lightning star out of the Olympics

Updated: February 5, 2014, 8:44 PM ET
By Scott Burnside and Pierre LeBrun | ESPN.com

On Wednesday, it was announced that Steven Stamkos won't be ready for the Sochi Olympics. What does this mean for Team Canada and its competition? And who might replace the Tampa Bay Lightning star?

SCOTT BURNSIDE: Well, my friend, that's a rock-hard day for Steve Stamkos finding out his leg hasn't healed sufficiently enough to allow him to take part in the Sochi Olympics. Everyone knew it was going to be touch and go after Stamkos broke his tibia back in November, but it seemed ...

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