In a Zoom availability Thursday, Lightning general manager Julien BriseBois said the team captain was struggling with a compensatory injury triggered during his rehabilitation following sports hernia surgery in early March.
BriseBois told reporters the 30-year-old should be ready for next season – when he is – and he envisions a “recovery of several weeks to months”. Stamkos is expected to meet with a specialist next week.
The Lightning won the Stanley Cup after a 2-0 victory over the Dallas Stars in Game 6 on Monday.
Stamkos qualified for Game 3 of the series and made an immediate impact, scoring the second goal in the Lightning’s 5-2 final victory just seven minutes after the tilt. But after re-aggravating his injury, he was sidelined for the rest of the game and the series. Prior to this game, he last played on February 25 due to a central muscle injury.
Stamkos scored 29 goals and 66 points in 57 regular season games in 2019-20 before being sidelined.