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Lightning’s Steven Stamkos has torn meniscus in right knee

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Once again, the captain is on the shelf.

One day after injuring his right knee in a game against Detroit, Tampa Bay’s Steven Stamkos was diagnosed with a torn meniscus. The team has said Stamkos is out indefinitely, but most projections say recovery time is roughly one month, depending on whether the knee requires surgery.

“We are in the process of evaluating options for repair and rehabilitation and will release more information as it becomes available,” Lightning General Manager Steve Yzerman said in a statement.

For Stamkos, it was an unwelcome feeling to be away from the game, but not a new one. He missed 45 games in 2013-14 after breaking his leg. Last year, he missed most of the playoffs with a blood clot issue.

Stamkos, who signed a $68 million extension in the off-season, had been off to a good start with 20 points in 17 games, which is tied for third in the NHL.

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