Tampa Bay Lightning captain Steven Stamkos is chomping at the bit to lace up his skates and his the ice for training camp.
Stamkos, who suffered a torn meniscus last season, has begun skating with teammates ahead of training camp and is eyeing a bounce back season for Tampa Bay.
“When you’ve been through the tough stretch that I’ve been through in the last four or five years, it’s tough to know what 100 percent is,” Stamkos said in an interview with Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times.
“I don’t think I will know, but like I said it’s the best its felt since the surgery, way better than where I ended the season off before the season ended when I was on the ice with the guys.
“It’s just been getting better and better every day and I can see it continually doing so. It’s just exciting. I haven’t looked this forward to a training camp in a long time. I feel like I’ve put in the work and am seeing the results.”
Stamkos is also confident that he can return to form.
“My expectations are that I’m going to get back to that player,” Stamkos proclaimed.
“Hopefully it’s right away. That’s the plan. We’ll see how it goes.”