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What’s Next For Steve Yzerman?

from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of NHL.com,

"We're going to play this year," Yzerman said. "And after that, I don't know."

The news is shocking for two reasons: Yzerman has unfinished business in Tampa Bay, and the Lightning have the ability to finish it.

Since Yzerman became GM in 2010, the Lightning have made the Eastern Conference Final four times, including three times in the past four years. Each time they lost, they lost in a Game 7. They made the Stanley Cup Final in 2015.

"I'm proud of what we were able to build," Yzerman said. "I'm disappointed we haven't won a Stanley Cup yet."

The Lightning are among the favorites this season and in position to contend for years. They can win it. And Yzerman, the competitor Kid Rock sang was "in it to win it," is giving up the GM job?

If he wants to be a GM again, where else is he going to have a better chance to win the Cup? Would he really rather start over with a rebuild?

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dreamsofhope's avatar

If he wants to be a GM again, where else is he going to have a better chance to win the Cup? Would he really rather start over with a rebuild?

I didn’t read the full article, full disclosure. But if what is indeed happening is Yzerman coming to Detroit in the near future, wouldn’t that decision have less to do with what stage a team is in, and more to do with what specific team it is? I mean, it’s not like we’re speculating that he’s going to join the Sabres… It’s Detroit where he played for a year or two….

Posted by dreamsofhope from Colorado on 09/11/18 at 09:18 PM ET

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Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,

Making the switch immediately, rather than next July 1 when Yzerman’s contract expires, spared everyone months of speculation. There’s no reason to invite a potential distraction to a Lightning team that has won seven playoff series over the last four years but is still reaching for the big one.

Finally, the role change immediately lowers the demands on Yzerman. The 53-year-old will spend less time on planes this season and is leaving himself open to a world of opportunity next summer – assuming, of course, he chooses not to stay on in Tampa.

He can virtually name the terms of his next role. Given what he’s said about wanting to spend more time in Detroit, there will be persistent rumours about it coming with the Red Wings. But other teams are bound to come calling in July 2019 as well.

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Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 09/11/18 at 09:55 PM ET

Chet's avatar

this is pretty simple to me. good chance Seattle gets ok’ed relatively soon, and they’ll want a GM very early. assuming it’s holland, 19 steps in.

Posted by Chet from twitter: thegansen on 09/11/18 at 10:09 PM ET

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Craig Custance of The Athletic ($$$),

If he wants, Yzerman can have a summer during which he’s the most courted person in hockey, much like his Team Canada coach Mike Babcock once did. But he already had one of the best GM positions in the game, on one of the best teams, working for one of the best owners, and he walked away.

It makes an eventual job in the Red Wings organization such a logical conclusion. Logical, but not without its own complications. There are a lot of things to consider here:

1. Yzerman has a deep respect for Ken Holland. He mentored under Holland, calling it the “greatest education you can have.” He publicly campaigned for Holland to get a shot at an extension when he was asked about it in the spring, saying “he deserves the time and the respect of everyone to rebuild it.”

2. Keeping that in mind, it seems like a stretch to think that he’s going to play out his contract in Tampa Bay and then do anything to undercut Holland in Detroit. He’s certainly earned his choice of jobs with the Red Wings if and when he becomes available, and you’d have to assume he’d only want to do something that respects the legacy of his mentor.

3. On the other side, Holland is a realist. He didn’t go to owner Christopher Ilitch and ask for a five-year contract. He asked for a two-year deal. He has an understanding of the fans’ temperament right now in Detroit.

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Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 09/11/18 at 10:24 PM ET

Steeb's avatar

Ran across this article on Deadspin, and the author quotes an unnamed employee of the Illitch’s saying there’s no way Stevie would ever work for Chris.

“Steve Yzerman will not come back,” the former employee continued. “Chris has full control. The rest of the family is either too screwed up or just completely uninvolved, and are basically just collecting their checks. So Chris is it for the family and I don’t think you can be in that position and not work directly with Chris because Chris is very hands-on. And Steve Yzerman won’t work for Chris Ilitch.”

https://deadspin.com/the-dynasty-that-ate-itself-1794385282

Posted by Steeb on 09/11/18 at 11:26 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

” ... and the author quotes an unnamed employee of the Illitch’s ... “

fake news?

cheese

L.G.R.W.

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 09/12/18 at 07:58 AM ET

Hootinani's avatar

This will be fun in a year or two when Holland again refuses to step aside for Yzerman.

Posted by Hootinani from the parade following Babs out of town on 09/12/18 at 08:09 AM ET

TreKronor's avatar

Ran across this article on Deadspin, and the author quotes an unnamed employee of the Illitch’s saying there’s no way Stevie would ever work for Chris.

I could dissect that quote but that would be pointless.  That statement has no need to be quoted, and should never have been put anywhere on the internet.  Please don’t help spread BS like that.

Posted by TreKronor on 09/12/18 at 09:10 AM ET

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