Stamkos on last year's injury: 'I'm hoping one day I’ll wake up and it just feels like a regular leg'

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It's the one-year anniversary of Steven Stamkos' season-derailing lower-leg injury, and with that comes reflection. 

Scoring at a point-per-game pace to start his comeback season, the Tampa Bay Lightning captain – who missed the Sochi Olympics and 45 club games as a result of a broken right tibia – appears no worse for wear, but admitted Monday he's still dealing with the upshot.

Via Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune:

That’s kind of the million dollar question, is it ever going to feel the same way as before. It may never and I'm hoping one day I’ll wake up and it just feels like a regular leg. But I don’t know if that’s going to happen. Your body has a new norm now, and that’s been an adjustment.

Stamkos explained that he still experiences slight pain and discomfort in the area when he gets out of bed every day, but the mental aspect has improved by leaps and bounds compared to the end of last season. 

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Stamkos on last year's injury: 'I'm hoping one day I’ll wake up and it just feels like a regular leg'
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