Yzerman Will Bring Success To Tampa Bay Lightning Quicker Than Expected

May 26th, 2010 by Tom Schreier Leave a reply »

The Tampa Bay Lightning are closer to bringing the Stanley Cup to Florida than many people the NHL community are giving them credit for. Recently acquired General Manager Steve Yzerman will be able to resurrect an under performing franchise that has with a pair of former champions, Vincent Lecavalier and Martin St. Louis, whose play is being complemented by a couple of recently drafted players, Steven Stamkos and Victor Hedman, that have proven they can produce in the NHL.

Understandably, residents of Detroit will be upset that Yzerman, a lifetime Red Wing who brought the city three Stanley Cups (1997, 1998, 2002) has left Motown for Florida. Within the last two years the sixth all-time leading scorer in NHL history was enshrined in the Hall of Fame and constructed a gold-medal-winning Canadian Olympic Team. After being named Vice President of the Red Wings following his retirement in 2006 he brought the city another Stanley Cup in 2008.

In 2004, two years before Yzerman hung up his skates for the final time, the Tampa Bay Lightning, an expansion team in 1992, won a Stanley Cup. Following their ...

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