Joe Smith of The Tampa Bay Times reports that Steven Stamkos is no longer using crutches:
— Joe Smith (@TBTimes_JSmith) November 25, 2013 
More from Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News:
Stamkos: Day after injury, Zdeno Chara sent him text on behalf of Bruins & Bs coach Claude Julien visited him in hospital. "Pretty classy"
— Pat Leonard (@PLeonardNYDN) November 25, 2013 
Tampa Bay Lightning beat writer Missy Zielinski says Stamkos didn’t expect to be walking so soon:
Stamkos walks into press conference w/ no crutches…"I didn't think I'd be walking…" #tblightning 
— Missy Zielinski (@Missy_Zielinski) November 25, 2013 
As for Stamkos’ future?
The tibia rod will be a permanent part of the star center's body.
— Damian Cristodero (@LightningTimes) November 12, 2013