Steve Yzerman Leaves Detroit Red Wings To Become GM of Tampa Bay Lightning

May 25th, 2010 by Mark Ritter Leave a reply »
Numerous media outlets are reporting that Steve Yzerman will be announced as the Tampa Bay Lightning’s General Manager at a 3:00 p.m. news conference this afternoon.

Yzerman had been working with the Detroit Red Wings as an executive. Most recently, he served as Team Canada’s general manager at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver. He will leave Detroit for what can only be described as a great situation in Tampa.

The Tampa situation does not come without it’s challenges but, given his resume and accomplishments, Yzerman’s should be able to solve them.

In Jeff Vinik, the Tampa Bay Lightning finally boast an owner who is both stable and has deep pockets.

Vinik, who bought the Lightning on March 3, 2010, has stated on many occasions that he is committed to recapturing the winning ways of the Lightning and to make the Lightning both a fixture in the community and a desirable/attractive place for NHL players to live and play.

Without question, Vinik’s hiring of Yzerman will go a long way in convincing players to sign in Tampa and Yzerman's presence brings a certain amount of credibility to the Lightning franchise—thi ...

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