Stamkos Participates in Contact Drills for First Time Since November

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-01_7d6751d7a8.jpgBruce Bennett/Getty Images (TAMPA Fla.) -- For the first time since breaking his right tibia in November, Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos participated in light contact drills. Stamkos, who is hoping to play with the Lightning and then for Canada in the Olympic games in Sochi next month, wore a yellow jersey Saturday as he practiced with his teammates before the Lightning's game versus the Colorado Avalanche.

"He's getting better," Lightning head coach Jon Cooper said. "There are still lots of things that have to go on. He hasn't been cleared. He's still a ways away from being cleared. He hasn't done any battling. The process is slowly going on here. In saying that, when you take the minimum/maximum of what the injury was, he'€™s closer to coming in at the minimum time frame than obviously the maximum time frame. That's obviously good for all of us."

Stamkos has been out since being injured Nov. 11 in a loss to the Boston Bruins. Before the injury, Stamkos played in 17 games scoring 14 goals and dishing out nine assists.

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