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It’s The Red Wings Way In Tampa Bay

from Darren Eliot of Sports Illustrated,

That includes the recent hiring of coach Guy Boucher. What did Yzerman like about him as his first coach hire, despite Boucher not having any NHL experience?

“First, he is a strong personality,” Yzerman replied. “Second, his experience is rooted in winning, both as a head coach and as an assistant. I have no reservations about his ability to translate that at the NHL level. I look at guys like Dave Tippett, Mike Babcock and Todd McLellan, who had similar traits and were immediately successful as NHL coaches.”

There’s that Red Wings’ perspective again, with Babcock and McLellan cited. Understandable. But what about the task at hand? What about his new team now, the Lightning?

“We have Stanley Cup-winning vets in Marty St. Louis and Vinny Lecavalier to go along with young players Steve Stamkos and Victor Hedman,” he says. “But we can’t get things done in one offseason. We have to take a longer, realistic view of our young players and what we should expect them to contribute.”

That statement alone is telling. The Red Wings have long been loathe to rush young players into positions of prominence, and I’m sure that Yzerman brings that developmental sensibility to the Lightning. And that’s just one of many differences Yzerman will find in his migration from Hockeytown to Hockey Bay.

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SYF's avatar

The Red Wings have long been loathe to rush young players into positions of prominence, and I’m sure that Yzerman brings that developmental sensibility to the Lightning.

Well, duh.  If anyone in the MSM had been following the Wings model of player development for the last twenty years shouldn’t be surprised with this revelation.  It’s a difficult model to emulate because the NHL is such a results-now entity that owners like Mike Ilitch are a rare breed due to their enormous wells of patience.

Let’s hope Jeff Vinik has the same because it took Mike Ilitch seventeen years before he finally won a Cup.

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 06/14/10 at 05:54 PM ET

OlderThanChelios's avatar

Let’s hope Jeff Vinik has the same because it took Mike Ilitch seventeen years before he finally won a Cup.

I have feeling that one of the conditions that Stevie Y made clear to Vinik is that, as GM, it’s either his way or the highway. Bolts fans may not initially like the pace at which Stevie brings young players along, but they’ll come to appreciate that approach in the next five years or so…which is just about how long Stevie will be there before heading back “home” to take over for Tick Tock.

So enjoy your team-building process, Tampa. And pray to the gods that someone as capable as Stevie Y comes along to carry on that process after he’s back in Detroit. smile

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 06/14/10 at 08:21 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Right, OTC.  From what I’ve read about Vinik, he seems to do his homework properly and hires the best people in his organization.  Good people with good values and personalities and being left alone to their jobs.  Even though he is a hockey fan, Vinik himself said he has no hockey business sense so he’s willing to give Yzerman the complete autonomy and latitudes to run his hockey franchise.

One of the few non-Red Wings stories I will be following in the coming years.

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 06/14/10 at 08:37 PM ET

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