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The Yzerman Plan

from Joe Henderson of the Tampa Tribune,

It’s an interesting way to go about his business, though. Yzerman told the world he’ll build the Bolts through scouting and player development, then acquired four 30-plus guys. And to clear space on the salary abacus, he added a guy who will be the third-highest paid player on the team.

It might seem like a backward way to build, but it makes sense.

No, it really does.

Getting older now allows the Bolts the chance to be more competitive immediately. Nothing’s worse than a three-year building plan that calls for lots of losing, especially when fans have been forced to swallow lots of losing already.

It’s tricky and I’m not sure I agree with all of it, but there is a plan there and that’s refreshing to see. While wandering in the wasteland the past three seasons, the Bolts’ plan seemed to be drawn up on the back of a napkin with a felt-tip pen that promptly ran.

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Hank1974's avatar

TB could be one of the most exciting teams to watch this year.
With Vinny, St.Louis, Stamkos, Gagne, Malone and Downie on the top-2 lines, plus with Guy Boucher’s crazy offensive style, I might be tuning in to watching a lot more Lightning games this season.

Good job Stevie. This rebuild might not take as long as some suspected.
I know they’re not close to a Cup, but TB should be a competitive club this season and quite possibly a playoff team.

Posted by Hank1974 on 07/20/10 at 11:54 AM ET

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