Joffrey Lupul admits it would be a long-shot for him to be summoned by Team Canada GM Steve Yzerman as a potential replacement in the Sochi Olympics for the injured Steve Stamkos.

In Lupul’s case, though, he was at least contacted when Team Canada staff began their selection process for the roster that will represent Canada at the Sochi Games in February.

In fact, Lupul and Leafs goalie James Reimer received the same message from Yzerman and his management group — don’t count yourself out.

“For me, my focus is on this team (Leafs) and helping it win, but things like (the Olympics) are on the back of your mind for sure,” Lupul said.

“Whatever happens, happens, and . . . I have at least elevated my game to where I’m in the conversation. But everyone there is a capable player and they will have a lot of guys who can step in (for Stamkos).”

Yzerman and Co. didn’t stop after they named a group of 47 players to the Calgary orientation camp in late July. The management group contacted twice that many players — if not more — via emails to let them know the group would keep them on the Olympic radar throughout this season.

Reimer said he was contacted via email, and the message was “nothing is set, we’re taking the best players available.”

“I don’t know if it was official or unofficial, it was something like don’t count yourself out,” Reimer said.

Stamkos, the Tampa Bay Lightning sniper, snapped his tibia in a game Monday and is out indefinitely.

Stamkos’ father told the St. Pete’s Times his son’s recovery is projected at three to six months, and the timetable could be longer if surgeons find something more damaging in surgery. A surgeon was also consulted and said the recovery time for a tibia break is six to nine months.

Stamkos entered the Olympic orientation camp as a right winger and in many projections was placed on a line with Sidney Crosby at centre and Chris Kunitz on left wing.

The right wing depth chart behind Stamkos included Rick Nash, Jeff Carter, Claude Giroux and Martin St. Louis. In the widespread debate about who makes the team, talks focused on Nash (recovering from concussion) and Carter as “bubble” players; Colorado’s Steve Duchesne is said to be the hottest name currently within management circles.

Another possibility is Corey Perry, the former MVP who has played alongside Crosby in other international competitions. Perry’s a right-handed shot with a nose for the net, and while he may not have Stamkos’s foot speed, he’s certainly no slouch and would provide a big body along the boards and in front of the net.

Meanwhile, Rick Nash skated Tuesday for the first time since suffering a concussion Oct. 7. If he’s healthy, the Brampton native is a safe bet to make the team and would certainly be a candidate to play on the top line.

Other talk around Team Canada has some of the celebrated young players (Taylor Hall) offering the speed needed but lacking in experience to handle the two-way responsibilities of an Olympic level tournament.