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Reports: Yzerman to be Tampa GM

Tuesday, 05.25.2010 / 9:52 AM / News

NHL.com

According to numerous reports, Steve Yzerman will be named the new general manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning at a 3 p.m. ET news conference Tuesday.

CBC's Elliotte Friedman and Rogers Sportsnet's Nick Kyperos  both reported the Hall of Fame center and current Red Wings executive will be taking the job.

"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."

I didn't think it would actually work, but it ended up working, so I'm thanking my lucky stars tonight.

— Columbus forward Nick Foligno on scoring the overtime goal after telling the Blue Jackets in the locker room that he would win the game