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by Paul on 05/25/10 at 05:18 PM ET
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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