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Difference Of Opinions On Yzerman Leaving Detroit

from Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes,

What would it take for Steve Yzerman to leave the comfort of the Red Wings, a team he has been with as a player and executive for 27 seasons, and take a job as, say, Lightning general manager? Scotty Bowman, who coached Yzerman from 1993-2002, said don’t hold your breath.

“I’d be surprised if he leaves,” Bowman said Friday. “He’s like the son to the owner. He’s been there nearly 30 years, and I think he’s in line to move up the chain.”

But Bob Nicholson, president of Hockey Canada, said, “If the right situation came along, I think Steve Yzerman would step out and take on the challenge.”


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perfection's avatar

while i know all red wings fans want what’s best for stevie… and ken holland isn’t going anywhere soon, i still feel that of all of the athletes in the history of sports, stevie y is one guy who really just CAN’T work for another team. it just wouldn’t be right. we’d actually… play against him! i know it’s a business and he deserves an opportunity… but he’s just different than anyone else. not only is he like a son to the owner, but he is a pillar of that city. just say it - “steve yzerman, general manager of the TAMPA BAY LIGHT….” ugggh, my god, i just threw up a little in my mouth.

fact is stevie (i know you’re out there reading this) - i don’t care if more mature fans wish you the best and say you’ve earned the opportunity… you are THE captain my friend. THE captain never abandons his team. please don’t leave us stevie. please.

Posted by perfection from LaLaLand on 05/01/10 at 05:29 AM ET

Baroque's avatar

I’m sure that he would leave for the right situation - but he is in an enviable situation for any job-seeker. He is content and happy in the job he has, so he can afford to wait until the right opportunity comes along and does not have to take the first open position. Instead of evaluating a new job against not having a position at all, he can evaluate it against the position he already holds and see how it matches up. He can also wait if he wishes, because it isn’t as though their won’t be another position opening up that he might find more desirable than Tampa.

Even if he does talk to Tampa, it doesn’t mean that he is automatically leaving. Steve Yzerman is not a stupid man, and it would be logical for him to go through part of the process with Tampa because he’s never been interviewed for a GM position before, and would want to gain a little bit of practice before he interviews for a position with an organization that he would really like to have. Remember how when each of us was entering the job market we were told to go on lots of interviews, even if we were sure we wouldn’t get the job, just to get in the practice? Might be similar.

The only way I could imagine Yzerman leaving for Tampa is if they convince him that they will not be a circus any more, his family would be happy with the move at this time, and he doesn’t see another opportunity opening up anywhere in the league in the next little while that he could imagine would be better than whatever Tampa offers.

With the job he did for Team Canada, his name is going to pop up in connection with every GM opening that anyone has in the league until he accepts one of them. Wings fans should get used to hearing this a lot. smile

Posted by Baroque from Michigan on 05/01/10 at 08:43 AM ET

Primis's avatar

I honestly would be okay if Yzerman left for another organization.  If that organization wasn’t a joke.

Tampa Bay is a joke.

Yzerman deserves better.

Posted by Primis on 05/01/10 at 09:48 AM ET

MOWingsfan19's avatar

Nothing like a nice media distraction while the team is still playing.
This can wait til the season is over.
Stevie moving up the ladder is inevitable, I just hope like hell it’s a Red n White ladder.

Posted by MOWingsfan19 from I really like our team on 05/01/10 at 10:22 AM ET

Osrt's avatar

Everyone is forgetting that Steve Yzerman was not the greatest Captain and is not among the elite* leaders in the game.

If he was then the Leadership Award would be named after him and he’d be on tv, not shmutzing around with the Wings and Team Canada.

* The term elite is subject to review by TPSH who reserves the right to annul this comment by shouting “Skeet Skeet” biatch.

(I need to get away from the internetz)

Posted by Osrt on 05/01/10 at 12:26 PM ET

HockeyTownTodd's avatar

Those that think there is not enough room for Yzerman in the Red Wing Org. seem to forget that Jimmy D. just turned 67 in January.

Posted by HockeyTownTodd on 05/01/10 at 12:38 PM ET


Stevie may have to wait until he’s 67 to be the Detroit GM. Don’t forget about Jim Nill, isn’t he next in line?

Posted by Aaron from Phoenix on 05/01/10 at 01:49 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Stevie may have to wait until he’s 67 to be the Detroit GM. Don’t forget about Jim Nill, isn’t he next in line?

Posted by Aaron from Phoenix on 05/01/10 at 12:49 PM ET

Good point.  He, too, has fielded offers from teams like Toronto (before they went with Brian Burke) and Montreal but he has turned them down.  It appears that he is also content with his position as AGM.

Posted by SYF from Twerkin' with Anastasia Ashley on 05/01/10 at 02:45 PM ET

perfection's avatar

as good as jim nill is at his job, him leaving seems more akin to Bowman leaving - bittersweet? yes. but, the man deserves a GM job and the fact of pro sports is that players/coaches/management move around. although there are those ultra rare special occasions when a guy like Yzerman actually personifies the team itself. i mean, can you imagine Stevie managing another team and that team winning the cup and Stevie Yzerman out on the ice with a bunch of guys in Flames jerseys or Blues jerseys or Rangers jerseys?! god, it would be too damn painful to watch. i realize this is totally romantic and nonsensical, but, it’s just the way it is…

i mean - speaking of nonsensical, i think i would actually rather lose ken holland than stevie y… and that’s just fuching crazy of me! it’s not rational, it’s that I was born in 1980 in Detroit and have watched the red wings religiously since i was little in the early to mid 80’s. well, now i’m 30 years old and there’s simply no such thing as the “Detroit Red Wings” without “Steve Yzerman” being a part of it. i’ve HEARD about an era before Stevie Y, but have never lived it. i hope he stays with the Wings for the rest of his life… definitely way more than i hope he gets a GM job and is successful with another team. i guess it’s selfish, but that’s simply the nature of fandom (especially insane obsessive kind).

Posted by perfection from LaLaLand on 05/01/10 at 07:13 PM ET

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