Tampa Bay Lightning star Steven Stamkos has spoken out for the first time since it was revealed that he would be unable to compete at the Sochi Winter Olympics.

Discussing his disappointment at the news, Stamkos said: "I wish we would have done the CT scan a little earlier, so I didn't have my hopes as high as I did heading into Wednesday's meeting with the doctors."

Stamkos had been hoping to play for the Lightning one final time before the games but the news yesterday completely ruled that out.

Now, officially one game away from having missed half of the 2013/14 campaign, Stamkos was supportive of his replacement in the Canadian team.

Tampa Bay team-mate and captain Martin St Louis was named yesterday as his replacement in Sochi.

Stamkos showed his support for St Louis saying: "I think everyone in our locker room can attest to the fact that he probably deserved to be on that team since Day 1,"

St Louis showed last night why he deserved the call up as he got the assist for the Lightning's only goal in their 4-1 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs last night.

Stamkos is now looking ahead and hoping to return to action for the Lightning by the end of February.

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