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Steve Yzerman Is The Best GM In Hockey

from Martin Fennelly of the Tampa Bay Times,

Everything he touches seems to turn to gold, and we don’t just mean those two Olympic medals Canada won when Stevie Y ran things.

Take Jo Drouin. Please. Puck’s bad boy, a precocious talent, went to the brink with Yzerman. Drouin wanted to go back to Montreal, his hometown. Yzerman eventually made the deal. In return, the Lightning picked up 19-year-old Mikhail Sergachev. Drouin and the Habs are struggling. Sergachev has more goals than Drouin and more points than anyone on Montreal. He looks like a generational offensive defenseman. Only Yzerman could deal a guy to where he wants to go and still make a killing. Classic Stevie Y.

"You try to make decisions," Yzerman said. "I rely heavily on our scouting staff on all the decisions we make. We were looking for an offensive defenseman, a puck-moving defenseman. Those players are hard to find. We gave up a good young forward to get what we thought was going to be a good young defenseman. We watched (Sergachev) in junior and felt like he was going to be a good pro player. And he is."

This is the same Yzerman who replaced Ben Bishop, the best goaltender in Lightning history, with Andre Vasilevskiy … the best goaltender in Lightning history, league leader in wins. This is the same Yzerman who turned what could have been an offseason tempest into the summer of love. Like the signing of Nikita Kucherov in 2016 to a three-year, team-friendly deal. Kucherov, in turn, has been astounding this season. The 24-year-old leads the NHL in goals and points. He looks like the league MVP to me.

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I’m sure I’ll get lit up fo this, but imagine if you will what would have been if Kenny had just got out of Steve’s way.

Posted by Iamhaljordan on 12/27/17 at 10:30 AM ET

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Posted by Iamhaljordan on 12/27/17 at 09:30 AM ET

Ifs and buts….

 

Posted by Steve1306 on 12/27/17 at 11:16 AM ET

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Let the whining commence.

Posted by George0211 on 12/27/17 at 11:27 AM ET

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I’m sure I’ll get lit up fo this, but imagine if you will what would have been if Kenny had just got out of Steve’s way.

Posted by Iamhaljordan on 12/27/17 at 09:30 AM ET

I imagine it Every. Single. Day. And, I am usually not one given to flights of fantasy, per se.  wink

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit on 12/27/17 at 11:44 AM ET

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Drouin wanted to go back to Montreal, his hometown. Yzerman eventually made the deal. In return, the Lightning picked up 19-year-old Mikhail Sergachev.

Durig tenure as Holland’s assistant, Stevie apparently never got the memo that “trades are hard.”

This is the same Yzerman who replaced Ben Bishop, the best goaltender in Lightning history, with Andre Vasilevskiy … the best goaltender in Lightning history, league leader in wins.

And Stevie drafted Vasilevskiy with the 2012 1st-round pick he got from Detroit so Kenny could bring back Quincey (who he gave away on waivers four years earlier). And all Stevie gave up in that deal was Steve Frickin’ Downie.

For me, that was the end of the era of “Ken Holland is the Best GM in Hockey” and the beginning of the “Tick Tock the Broken Clock” era.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 12/27/17 at 12:15 PM ET

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Durig tenure as Holland’s assistant…

Duh. Make that “During his tenure as Holland’s assistant…”

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 12/27/17 at 12:17 PM ET

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