Tampa Bay Lightning star Steven Stamkos skipping Worlds with irritated bursa sac in left shoulder

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Tampa Bay Lightning star Steven Stamkos has an irritated bursa sac in his left shoulder, GM Steve Yzerman said Tuesday, but no structural damage. Even so, the center, decided to skip playing for Canada in next month’s world championship.

"We’re very pleased,” Yzerman said of Stamkos’ “clean” MRI exam. “Now he gets a chance to relax and come back and have an even better year next year.”

Stamkos, 22, who became just the 20th NHL player to score 60 goals in a season, acknowledged he played with the injury for almost a month and that it almost kept him out of the March 10 game with the Hurricanes. Stamkos has not missed a game because of injury in his four-year NHL career.

Stamkos said he takes "a lot of pride" in that.

"That's why you work hard in the summer and take care of your body the best you can during the season," he said at Monday's locker clean-out at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. "It's playing through stuff, sometimes, as well."

This will be Stamkos' first long summer in a while. He played for Canada in the world championship in 2009 and 2010, and last season the Lightning's long playoff run went until late May.

"You get kind of behind working out a little bit," he said. "Sometimes you need a rest."

[Last modified: Tuesday, April 10, 2012 9:20pm]

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