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Tampa Bay Lightning Press Conference Introducing Steve Yzerman As GM

The press conference is scheduled to start at 3:00pm ET, watch it below…

added 3:35pm, Conference is over.

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Morning Line

“It was a tough decision for Steve, that’s why it took such a long time.  It’s not easy leaving Detroit for somebody like Steve. He’s been with us for 27 years. He came as an 18-year-old and just recently celebrated his 45th birthday. So it was not an easy decision for him to make.”

-Jimmy Devellano of the Detroit Red Wings talking about Steve Yzerman becoming the new GM for Tampa.  More from Chris McCosky of the Detroit News.

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Lightning Have Their GM

via a tweet from Jeff Marek,

Tampa Bay Lightening to introduce new GM this afternoon at 3ET

via a tweet from Erik Erlendsson,

no confirmation on who it is, but have been told a big name? Yzerman is biggest name out there

added 9:11am, Pierre LeBrun tweets-in,

I believe Yzerman will be named GM of Lightning today but working to confirm that 100 per cent right now.. Stay tuned

added 9:15am, Nick Kypreos tweets,

Tampa Bay will announce at 3pm Steve Yzerman as the new GM of the hockey club. Many believe he will become the highest paid GM in league

As does Elliotte Friedman,

Yzerman in Tampa

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Evening Line

“We had a group in the running for this. We lost to Koules, and we lost to (current owner) Jeff (Vinik). We raised an awful lot of money. We had enough money to buy five franchises. I don’t think we got outbid. I think (NHL commissioner Gary) Bettman thought Jeff was the right guy. And so do I.

“We were close (to buying the team). We were really close. We went to New York, met with attorneys and different people. We stopped short of Gary because we wanted to be absolutely sure before we got to him.’‘

-Phil Espostio talking about a group he was part of that was prepared to buy the Lightning.  More on Tampa from Gary Shelton of the St. Petersburg Times.

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Prayers Go Out For Kurtis & Stephanie Foster

from the Tampa Tribune,

Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Kurtis Foster and his wife, Stephanie, are mourning the death of their infant daughter Lila.

Lila Kimberly Foster was five days old when she died May 10 at Tampa Bay General Hospital, according to an obituary posted Wednesday on the website for the Peterborough (Ont.) Examiner newspaper. A cause of death was not given.

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Tampa Needs To Start The Hiring Process

from Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes,

It probably is too harsh to say the Lightning has steered without a rudder since the April 12 firing of general manager Brian Lawton. But it is not too harsh to say the recent storm over whether to pay for Stephane Veilleux’s surgery is a good example of why new owner Jeff Vinik needs to finally hire a new GM and chief executive officer.

If nothing else, the hires would lay out a vision for the organization, and would put people in place to make buck-stops-here decisions. Whether you agree or disagree with the Lightning’s position on Veilleux – it balked at paying to repair injuries to his right shoulder the team believed were not hockey related – the public-relations nightmare might have been avoided and the disruption mitigated had those positions been settled.

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Afternoon Line

Detroit VP Steve Yzerman hasn’t pulled himself out of the running for the Tampa Bay Lightning job officially. It’s his if he wants if. He’s not sure. He has been with the Wings his whole life. A tough call for him to make. The belief is he’ll stay with the Wings and see what opens up down the road around the NHL.

-Bruce Garrioch of Off The Posts at the Ottawa Sun.

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Get Your Lightning Wheels

What do you think, how would your team’s logo look?

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Stamkos May Have A Concussion

from the CP at TSN,

Steven Stamkos will miss Canada’s next game at the IIHF World Hockey Championship with a possible concussion.

The star forward suffered the injury during Wednesday’s 4-1 loss to Switzerland when he got elbowed in the jaw during a collision with defenceman Timo Helbling. Stamkos sat out the entire third period of the game and will be kept on the sidelines for precautionary reasons when Canada plays again Friday.

“I think it’s just a protocol that you follow when someone has the symptoms that he had,” said Canadian GM Mark Messier. “It’s not a blunt blow to the head, that kind of concussion. It’s a different kind when you get hit in the jaw. There’s still a protocol to follow and we’re going to do that because it’s the right thing to do.”

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Morning Line

“In all my years in this business, I have never seen an NHL team with such total lack of respect for the health and well being of one of their own.  Here is a player with integrity, honor and a strong work ethic which is being completely abandoned by the team he played for this year.”

-NHL player agent Allan Walsh on the Lightning refusing to pay for surgery on his client, Stephane Veilleux.  More from Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune.

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