Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Don't Curse Yzerman For Leaving, Wish Him Well

I wouldn't begrudge Steve Yzerman for leaving the Red Wings for the general manager's position in Tampa Bay.
Yzerman spent considerable time learning the position properly in the Red Wings' front office with Jimmy Devellano, Ken Holland and Jim Nill. He build his own masterpiece when Canada, under extraordinary pressure, won the Olympic gold medal. While it's true Yzerman had a huge talent pool to select from, putting the pieces together wasn't that easy of a puzzle to solve. Certainly Team Canada hasn't always done so in the past.
I talked to Yzerman a couple times the past winter, and he is totally into evaluating players at this point. You can tell, creating his own team, is where his mindset is at during this stage of his hockey career. It'd be different if there was some place for him to go in the organization, or it made sense for the Red Wings to shuffle their front office deck. In truth, it'd make no sense whatsoever. There is solid ownership in Tampa Bay now. Yzerman has good parts to build from - particularly budding superstar Steven Stamkos.
Don't curse him for leaving. Wish him well.



Anonymous Bubbachuck said...

I agree. He was and always will be the greatest. Best of luck to you, Stevie Y, and hope you make Tampa into a winner.

4:52 PM 
Anonymous Michael C said...

Agreed. And who knows, he may come back to be our GM someday after Kenny is gone. Best of luck, Stevie!

7:12 PM 
Blogger Fred Brill said...

The good news is that he will likely be a part of Team Canada for as long as he's in the game.

Good news for us Canuks anyway!

7:19 AM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

I don't think there has ever been a more popular athlete in this town.

11:12 AM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

Michael C,
I certainly don't think it is out of the realm of possibility he'd come back. And I do think he will do well in Tampa Bay.

11:13 AM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

Fred Brill,
I thought he did a terrific job with Team Canada. He gave it good balance.

11:15 AM 
Anonymous Rob said...

Why should the fans of Detroit think he'll be any less loyal to the Lightning than he was to the Wings?

Yzerman is probably the biggest signing Tampa has ever had besides their first great star, Lecavalier. Perhaps "Stevie" can inspire those fans to watch hockey.

3:23 PM 

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