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Yzerman Says Goodbye To The Organization

from Mitch Albom of the Detroit Free Press,

“Can I come by the house?” Steve Yzerman asked….

He hung up and told his wife, Marian, that Steve was on his way. They had gone through this a few months earlier when, unbeknown to most people, Yzerman nearly accepted the Minnesota GM’s job. He had come by the house then, like a dutiful son, and Marian Ilitch was so broken up by the thought of Yzerman leaving she stayed in the back, crying.

This time she and Mike sat in the family room and listened (albeit, Ilitch admitted, with “teary eyes”). They listened to Yzerman thank them over and over. They listened to him say how much he had learned.

And they listened to him say farewell.

“Since he’s been 17 years old,” Ilitch said Tuesday, from home, voice catching. “I mean, talk about family. That’s legit family. But he’s 45 now and it’s time.”

read on and for more Yzerman coverage, make sure to check out the work George Malik put in at Snapshots...

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Sad Day For Detroit Hockey Fans

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Detroit Red Wings owners Mike and Marian Ilitch issued the following statement regarding Steve Yzerman’s hiring by the Tampa Bay Lightning:

“Today is a difficult day for us, just as we know it is for Red Wings fans everywhere. It’s hard to imagine Steve Yzerman in anything other than the red and white Winged Wheel as he has been synonymous with the Red Wings and Hockeytown for as long as most of us can remember! We want to congratulate Steve on his new position with the Tampa Bay Lightning. This is an exciting and well-deserved opportunity for him and his family, and we know he will do a terrific job in this next chapter of his life.

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A Winning Hire In Tampa

from Mike Brophy of Sportsnet,

As the new general manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning, Yzerman, now 45, will be able to walk into the room and get his players attention because they know, if nothing else, he has been there and done that.

“I think right away Steve brings instant credibility to the Tampa Bay organization,” says Kris Draper, Yzerman’s longtime teammate with the Detroit Red Wings. “It is a big loss for the Red Wings. He was very influential as a player and always had a positive presence as an executive for the Wings. He did a great job with Team Canada and will bring that enthusiasm to Tampa Bay.”

Yzerman, as you probably know, was a terrific player for 21 years, captaining the Red Wings to three Stanley Cups and winning another as an executive. Early in his career he was regarded as a gifted offensive star, but there were questions about his ability to lead and to win. Under the guidance of Scotty Bowman, however, Yzerman transformed himself into a solid two-way player who put more of an emphasis on team results as to personal stats.

That is when he became a winner.

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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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