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Steve Yzerman’s Team

from Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune,

Watching from above ice level gives Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman a helpless feeling.

Players prepare to take the ice, coaches game plan and scout the opponent looking for any advantage to exploit. Yzerman, meanwhile, sits around on game days just waiting for the action to start.

“It’s hard to sit and watch without having much of an impact this time of year,” Yzerman said.

Yzerman’s impact already has been made.

After Tuesday night’s series-clinching 4-1 win against Montreal, the Lightning are preparing to play in the Eastern Conference finals against the Rangers. Game 1 is Saturday in New York, It marks the second time in Yzerman’s five-year tenure the team reached the conference finals.

In 2011, Yzerman’s first season with the franchise, a team led by holdover franchise icons Vinny Lecavalier and Marty St. Louis and stop-gap veterans such as Dwayne Roloson and Sean Bergenheim reached Game 7 of the conference finals at Boston.

This time, the Lightning are tailor-made by Yzerman.

“Back in the 2011 playoffs, we were all relatively new and didn’t know what to expect from our team,” Yzerman said.

“It wasn’t as expected as it is here, where the expectations are a little higher,” Yzerman said in comparing 2011 to this year’s team. “So there is more of an expectation to win.”

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Vladimir16's avatar

Now, the roster is filled with draft picks such as Ondrej Palat and Nikita Kucherov, undrafted free-agent acquisitions such as Tyler Johnson, J.T. Brown and Andrej Sustr, along with trade or free-agent acquisitions such as Ben Bishop, Valtteri Filppula, Anton Stralman, Ryan Callahan, Brian Boyle and Jason Garrison.

You mean you have to draft well, sign good free agents and make trades? This is not what I’ve been hearing from Sir Kenny.

Posted by Vladimir16 from Grand River Valley on 05/14/15 at 09:25 AM ET

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You mean you have to draft well, sign good free agents and make trades?

Preposterous.

Posted by Garth on 05/14/15 at 09:33 AM ET

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You mean you have to draft well, sign good free agents and make trades? This is not what I’ve been hearing from Sir Kenny.

Well apparently Yzerman didn’t pick up all of Holland’s traits while serving in Detroit’s front office. Good on him.

Posted by godblender on 05/14/15 at 10:24 AM ET

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Not to mention how Martin St Louis held him hostage and he still acquired Ryan Callahan, he converted Steve Downie into a first round pick (Kyle Quincey) not to mention Ben Bishop.  This team is all Steve Yzerman

Posted by bababooey on 05/14/15 at 11:48 AM ET

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Now, the roster is filled with draft picks such as Ondrej Palat and Nikita Kucherov, undrafted free-agent acquisitions such as Tyler Johnson, J.T. Brown and Andrej Sustr, along with trade or free-agent acquisitions such as Ben Bishop, Valtteri Filppula, Anton Stralman, Ryan Callahan, Brian Boyle and Jason Garrison.

You mean that having 1,2, and 3 overall draft picks on the roster doesn’t matter?
Show me one SC winner in recent years without this kind of high draft picks.

Posted by wings8 on 05/14/15 at 12:46 PM ET

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