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Yzerman as GM: What They're Saying

by Staff Writer / Tampa Bay Lightning

“We're not sure what makes Steve Yzerman most compelling as a general manager: His pedigree as a player, his work with the Olympic team, or the fact he learned it all in likely the most well-managed organizations of them all.”  - Mark Spector,

“Persistence has paid off for Jiff Vinik in getting Steve Yzerman to take the Tampa Bay GM job. A major coup.” – Bob McKenzie, TSN

“Steve Yzerman is the perfect architect to take Tampa Bay to the next level. He has been working around the Red Wings for years and no one in the NHL knows better how to find and sign the key role players needed. Steve inherits a team which may soon be one of the other powerhouses in the NHL. They are on, what I call, “Superstar Track.” –

“He has the job of making Tampa Bay into a contender again. With Steven Stamkos and Victor Hedman to build around, Yzerman has a good start in Tampa.” – Jeff Marek, CBC

“One thing is for sure, Vinik has kept saying he wanted to put a "world-class" management team in place. Given Yzerman's accomplishments on and off the ice, he seems to have taken that first step.” – Damian Cristodero, St. Petersburg Times

“Tampa Bay provides a great opportunity for him. The good news for us is that we won’t have to compete against him.” – Jim Devellano, Detroit Red Wings

“As soon as Stevie walks in the room, he has a presence like Wayne and Mario.” - San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton

“Is Yzerman ready? You bet he is.” – Pierre LeBrun, ESPN

“The Hockey Gods are smiling down on Tampa.” – David Ferguson, Facebook fan

"For sure, he's going to be missed in Detroit. We didn't meet with him that often, but when we do, it's just fun. He comes down and talks and jokes with us. He's just special, but it's a great move for Tampa." – Red Wings defenseman Andreas Lilja

"Steve Yzerman is driven to succeed. His level of accomplishment -- as a champion with the Detroit Red Wings and as a gold medal team builder with Team Canada -- represents precisely the type of individual Jeff Vinik wants for the Tampa Bay Lightning: a person committed to the team, to achievement and to the fans." – NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman

“Why Steve Yzerman? Are you kidding me? How about, why not Steve Yzerman?” – Mike Brophy,

"I think right away Steve brings instant credibility to the Tampa Bay organization. It is a big loss for the Red Wings. He was very influential as a player and always had a positive presence as an executive for the Wings. He did a great job with Team Canada and will bring that enthusiasm to Tampa Bay." – Kris Draper, Detroit Red Wings

"Steve understands the situation. He knows he needs to get Vinny back to where he was a few years ago, but think about it. If he can do that, with Lecavalier and Steven Stamkos, he might have the best 1-2 punch in the NHL." – Anonymous NHL GM

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