After waffling back and forth on his interest in the Tampa Bay Lightning GM position, it appears as though Steve Yzerman will be named the Tampa Bay Lightnings’ General Manager today at a press conference scheduled for 3pm.
“This did not take us by surprise because for years Stevie has said one day he would like to be a general manager in the NHL,” Red Wings Senior Vice President Jim Devellano told the Detroit News. “It was something he wanted to do, but it had to be the right opportunity for him and his family.
“It was a tough decision for Steve, that’s why it took such a long time,” Devellano said. “It’s not easy leaving Detroit for somebody like Steve. He’s been with us for 27 years. He came as an 18-year-old and just recently celebrated his 45th birthday. So it was not an easy decision for him to make.
“We are all happy for Steve,” Devellano said. “This is something he wanted, a challenge that he desired and worked hard for. At the same time, we are going to miss him. He’s been such a major part of all of our lives, both on the ice and in the front office.”
While Yzerman doesn’t really have experience as a true GM (sans his running of the Canadian Olympic Hockey Team) he has been long thought to be a hot name in the GM ranks of the NHL. I personally am quite excited. It’s hard to find ANYONE with the pedigree of winning and championships that Yzerman has, be it a player, coach or GM. New owner Jeff Vinik swung for the fences in his first big move, and dropped a bomb. The next order of priority for the Bolts will be to find a new coach, and I’m sure Yzerman will begin working on that as early as this evening.
From a fan of a team who longs for a pedigree of winning that you come from Stevie, WELCOME!