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Lightning GM Shopping List & An Extension For Holland

from Darren Dreger of TSN,

Sources close to the Tampa Bay Lightning say Dave Nonis, Steve Yzerman and Doug Risebrough are believed to be high on new Lightning owner Jeff Vinik’s short list of potential GMs.

Sources say the Red Wings have granted permission for Tampa Bay to speak with Yzerman, currently a vice president in Detroit.

Yzerman won’t comment on the possibility, although his interest in making the move now may be amplified by the fact Detroit will soon announce Ken Holland’s contract extension as executive vice president and general manager.


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Posted by Guilherme from Brazsil on 04/28/10 at 10:05 PM ET

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Posted by pgoody on 04/28/10 at 10:07 PM ET


Yzerman would be great! If he doesn’t want it, Risebrough would be good as well. I wouldn’t mind see John Stevens or Tom Renney as coach.

Posted by Josh from Tampa on 04/28/10 at 10:14 PM ET

42jeff's avatar

I just can’t see him leaving the wings so soon.

Posted by 42jeff from The greater Taylor Tucky Metroplex on 04/28/10 at 10:20 PM ET


Not sure how old Yzerman’s kids are, but if they’re still in school in Detroit, I’d be really surprised to see him take this job if it’s offered.

Posted by mudshark on 04/28/10 at 10:31 PM ET

MOWingsfan19's avatar

I’d be shocked to see him sign on the dotted line with a team with such troubled ownership and all that…...
Not too mention see him leave Detroit.
Kinda like when he retired, say it ain’t so!?!?!

Posted by MOWingsfan19 from I really like our team on 04/28/10 at 10:54 PM ET

Nathan's avatar

It’s just delaying the inevitable if he doesn’t leave.

We will (unfortunately) have to bear seeing The Captain leading an organization other than the Red Wings.

Either that, or don’t extend Ken Holland. And as much as I love Stevie, the bottom line is that it’s about winning, and as a GM, Holland knows how to build our team to win, Yzerman is an unknown quantity in this role.

Posted by Nathan from the scoresheet! on 04/28/10 at 11:20 PM ET

cainer4wingsglory's avatar

Him retiring is one thing, but running another team. That’s messed up. At least that would be an Eastern Conference team that the Wings wouldn’t see often.

Posted by cainer4wingsglory on 04/28/10 at 11:45 PM ET

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Stevie’s kids are still in middle school and high school, and I don’t see him leaving so easily.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 04/28/10 at 11:55 PM ET


Hmmm…Detroit or Tampa…it either snows all the time or rains all the time.  Can’t they find a way to send Stevie Y to southern california; doesn’t he deserve a beer on the beach?

Posted by stoneman from vegas on 04/29/10 at 12:16 AM ET

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I wonder ... Steve Yzerman is not a stupid man, and the only way he would take this job was if he was convinced in his discussions that they are not going to be a circus anymore. He isn’t in a position where he has to take the first open position offered, he can choose which ones he wants to seriously pursue.

Maybe more than actually thinking seriously about taking the position, he wants to get a feel for the process that teams go through when they are interviewing a new GM so when there is an opening he is very serious about, it won’t be his first experience going through the interview process.

Posted by Baroque from Michigan on 04/29/10 at 12:37 AM ET

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+1 Baroque. This is about experience. Even if he takes the job, it’ll let him learn the ropes hands on so that he can take Holland’s desk eventually. Let’s let The Captain learn the finer points on someone else’s time and then take the reins when he’s ready.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 04/29/10 at 12:44 AM ET

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In the long run, it might be beneficial for Yzerman to take the step from apprentice to master somewhere else and return in due time enriched by that experience. Whether that somewhere else should be Tampa Bay is another question.

Posted by Moq from Denmark on 04/29/10 at 12:47 AM ET


stoneman: do you even know Tampa’s weather? It rains in the summer otherwise during the hockey season it doesn’t rain a lot. And if it rained a lot we wouldn’t be in a freaking drought !!! The last time it rained so much was last july when it rained for 15 straight days otherwise we would like a lot more rain. And most of our summer rain is afternoon showers over in a hour. Unlike Detroit where it has the weather off the lakes and snow over half the year. He can find a nice beer drive across Gandy bridge and sit on St. Pete Beach and enjoy the beach in January smile

Posted by Kayla from Florida on 04/29/10 at 01:27 AM ET


Kayla…Tampa is renowned for it’s suckitude.  I used to hear the war stories when I was telecommuting to Panama City.  It’s swampy, rainy, and generally to be avoided like zombies at a chinese buffet.  But more importantly…there is no beach.

Posted by stoneman from vegas on 04/29/10 at 04:45 AM ET

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