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Lightning Owner 100% Behind Yzerman

from Damian Cristodero of the Tampa Bay Times,

Vinik on patience in building a winning franchise: There’s no other way to do it. We want to win the Stanley Cup this year. Do we hava shot at winning the Cup this year? We absolutely do and I hope we do, and three years ago we almost did. So, there’s no predicting. But the way to develop a program that’s going to be in the top of the NHL year after year after year is to draft young players and have them develop in the system and be contributors over time. It takes patience, but we’re getting there. These players are coming up and making a difference right now.

On Yzerman I think Steve is doing a great job, yes. ... I couldn’t be more pleased with the job Steve Yzerman is doing. I think he's put together the best, or one of the best, staffs in all of hockey. I think they’ve done a great job in drafting and developing young players. I think he’s made a lot of good moves over the years. My general manager has my support 100 percent.

More on Yzerman: Again, Steve has my full supprt. I think I said it the day at the first press conferece … He was at Detroit for, like, 19 years. I hope he's with this organization for 19 years, too.

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It remains to be seen if a former star player can transition into a successful front office or head coach position. I think they struggle with looking at the game beyond basic skill level. The team needs intangibles along with complement players to support the stars. Also former star players rarely have to put in the hard work of learning the craft as an off ice manager, doing scouting and having a long stint as assistant GM or coach. I suspect Yzerman will be on a short leash with Tampa, when the owner needs to come out and support the GM 100%, it is usually only a matter of time before they make a change.

Posted by timbits on 09/14/13 at 01:07 PM ET

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“In 2006, Yzerman was named as a Vice President of the Detroit Red Wings. He won a fourth Stanley Cup as the Vice President of Operations in 2007–08. He served as the team’s Alternate Governor until he was hired away from the Red Wings to become the general manager for the Tampa Bay Lightning in May 2010”

Yeah, no experience there…

Posted by DrewBehr from The Mitten on 09/14/13 at 01:35 PM ET


Yeah, no experience there…

There’s experience, as in being someone who was making decisions and actually doing things.

Then there’s experience, like ‘Hey, I was in the room when all these great decisions were made’.

The question isn’t how much of the latter Stevie had, but the former.

Posted by HockeyinHD on 09/14/13 at 02:45 PM ET

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I see Yzerman getting at least another year, maybe two.  See how the drafting has worked out and go from there.

I don’t see that Yzerman has made any awful moves honestly.  Maybe he makes a deal at the deadline to bring someone in now that Lecavalier’s contract is gone, and suddenly the team looks MUCH better.

Posted by Primis on 09/14/13 at 02:47 PM ET

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I don’t see that Yzerman has made any awful moves

that remains to be seen

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie, MI on 09/14/13 at 05:45 PM ET

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