As the spring continues to roll, the NHL has been releasing it’s finalists for the NHL Awards in June. Today they announced the finalists for Best GM, and it came as a surprise to almost no one that Steve Yzerman was among them.
From his first day on the job, Yzerman has been wielding and dealing like a 10-year veteran. He brought in key pieces and role players, in addition to bringing in skill like Simon Gagne. His first offseason was a busy one, signing a series of relatively unknown free agents to fill in more depth.
He didn’t stop once the season started either, making adjustments as he saw his team perform. He brought in Dwayne Roloson and Eric Brewer to fill holes, and the result was the Lightning making the playoffs for the first time in four years.
Really the ownership change is to thank for all this change. They were smart enough to change staff and bring in Yzerman. It was a risk as he is a rookie GM, but that risk has clearly paid off, and Yzerman has giving the team the best chance to win with the personnel he has collected.
In other news, the team hopes to celebrate tonight in Game 4 by tying up the series for their fearless leader. The Lightning again had a good effort in Game 3 but got squeezed out by one goal. They will need Stamkos to return to hi play if they want to win. However, it’s looking like there may be a reason for his drop-off, as he was the only healthy player not on the ice this morning.
Regardless, the Lightning have been hanging in with a good team. A few more breaks and this is a dead heat again.
Also, the Admirals lost last night to the Baby Pens. They still lead the series 2-1 and have one more home game before returning to Pennsylvania.