Steve Yzerman: Leaving Detroit Organization but Will Forever Be a Red Wing

May 25th, 2010 by Matt Hutter Leave a reply »

This hit me harder than I thought it would.

Though he's now five years removed from the ice, knowing that Stevie Y was still in the Red Wings organization did provide some comfort that my hockey hero was still a Red Wing.

There are certain athletes that come to define their team, that truly serve as the nucleus around which all other pieces revolve.

They are not only the heart of the team, but the very blood pumping through the whole organization.

They are the team's DNA.

Steven Gregory Yzerman was exactly that for the Detroit Red Wings.

Now, his monumental hockey knowledge, superb leadership abilities, and newly acquired, yet expertly honed, management skills will be leaving Detroit and relocating to Tampa Bay.

Looking at the Tampa Bay Lightning, one could ask why the hell anyone would want the GM's job in the first place.

A recent change in ownership, bad contracts offered by worse management, and a roster laden with serious talent gaps isn't exactly a picnic for a new GM.

One would think that with Yzerman's stature and recent success with Team Canada, the ...

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