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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 hit the nail on the head.Congrats on hiring Stevie Y

Posted by davomack34 on 05/25/10 at 05:36 PM ET

Lindas1st's avatar

Under the guidance of Scotty Bowman…That is when he became a winner.

I’m thinking the arrival of Federov and Lidstrom had a lot to do with the winning also.

Posted by Lindas1st from New England on 05/25/10 at 05:38 PM ET

mrfluffy's avatar

*#$%@& *#$%@& *#$%@& *#$%@&

Not surprising so much, as we all knew Stevie would probably leave before Holland vacated the GM seat. Now we also know why Mr. I asked Holland to move up in the organization a month or so ago.

Hope you have a somewhat short contract Captain, as in a few years I hope to see you back in Wayne County.

Posted by mrfluffy from A wide spot on I-90 in Montana on 05/25/10 at 07:18 PM ET

OlderThanChelios's avatar


No. No. No. No. No. No. No.

Nyet. Nada. Non. Nein.


Aw, fuch. Congrats Stevie…you traitorous bastard. smile

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 05/25/10 at 08:16 PM ET

mrfluffy's avatar

At least he went East…

Of course…I think that was the biggest reason why he went.

Posted by mrfluffy from A wide spot on I-90 in Montana on 05/25/10 at 10:31 PM ET

redxblack's avatar

He’ll spend a couple years in the semi-minors (East, Sun Belt) and then come back.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 05/26/10 at 10:00 AM ET

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