Steven Stamkos broke his right leg in a matinee game against the Boston Bruins on Monday.
There is no definitive timeline for his return at this juncture.
Sportsnet's Nick Kypreos tweeted that the early indications in this case are that the break was "not overly complicated" and that Stamkos might be back in three months and play in the Olympics. On the other hand, Damian Cristodero of the Tampa Bay Times spoke to Rays orthopedist Koco Eaton, who said the general timeline for this kind of injury is six to nine months.
The ripple effects of an injury to a player as phenomenal as Stamkos can be hard to measure. The injury is undeniably, overwhelmingly negative, but at the same time, the absence of Stamkos also creates opportunities for other players.
Who will be impacted the most?