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Steve Yzerman | Center

Team: Tampa Bay Lightning
Age / DOB:  (53) / 5/9/1965
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 185
Drafted: 1983 / Rd. 1 (4) / DET

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Steve Yzerman has been chosen as one of the finalists for the GM of the Year award.
Yzerman has done a nice job assembling a talented roster that was good enough to finish first in the Atlantic Division and first in the Eastern Conference. His team is one of the deepest at every position. Golden Knights GM George McPhee and Jets GM Kevin Chelveldayoff are also up for the award. May 16 - 9:25 PM

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Since becoming the Lightning's general manager, Steve Yzerman has dealt away three of the seven first-round picks he drafted.

In addition to his recent trade of Jonathan Drouin to Montreal, Yzerman has also parted ways with former first rounders Brett Connolly (2010) and Anthony DeAngelo (2014). "I'm not a big fan of trading away first-round picks, honestly," Yzerman said. "I'd prefer not to do it. In an ideal world, you draft these kids, you take your picture with them and you look back at the end of the career and take another picture with them. That's the plan. But it changes along the way." This time around the Lightning's first round pick will be the 14th overall. We'll see if he ends up sticking with the club.
Fri, Jun 23, 2017 10:25:00 AM

Thanks to the Tampa Bay Lightning's deadline trades, the team finished below the salary cap even after bonuses were factored in.

If you finish above the salary cap after bonuses, then the difference is counted against your cap space for the following campaign. Had Lightning GM Steve Yzerman not traded Brian Boyle, Ben Bishop, and Valtteri Filppula to free up some cap space, the Lightning would have ended up with an overage penalty of close to $1.2 million. That extra money saved is a huge help for the Lightning as they look to re-sign RFAs Tyler Johnson, Ondrej Palat, and Jonathan Drouin.
Thu, Apr 13, 2017 05:39:00 PM

Although nothing is imminent, the Lightning could be big sellers come the trade deadline.

The Bolts are now officially a longshot to make the playoffs and GM Steve Yzerman will certainly be looking at deals involving soon-to-be unrestricted free agent Ben Bishop and restricted free agent Tyler Johnson, who may cost too much money to retain and whose retention could jeopardize deals with Jonathan Drouin and Ondrej Palat. Stay tuned.
Sun, Jan 29, 2017 10:49:00 AM

Lightning GM Steve Yzerman isn't pleased about the way his team's playing right now.

Expectations were high for the Lightning coming into the season, but they've struggled with consistency. "I can't say, if I look at it all together, that I'm really pleased with where we're at at this point," Yzerman said. "The intensity, the urgency in our play hasn't been there." Yzerman is open to making moves, but admitted that he likes the way his team is built right now. The Lightning might not look great on the ice right now, but they should be able to figure things out soon.
Sat, Dec 3, 2016 11:38:00 AM

The Tampa Bay Lightning have agreed to a six-year extension with AHL Syracuse.

"We are pleased to be extending our affiliation with the Syracuse Crunch," Lightning GM Steve Yzerman said. "The Crunch and [owner] Howard Dolgon, along with the city of Syracuse and Onondaga County, have been, and continue to be, an excellent place to develop our prospects. We look forward to what will hopefully be many successful years to come on and off the ice." Tampa Bay began its affiliation with Syracuse in 2012. The Crunch did not advance to the postseason in 2016.
Thu, Apr 28, 2016 12:10:00 PM

With the Lightning climbing up the standings, Steve Yzerman admits he'll look to make some moves to improve his club before the Feb. 29 trade deadline.

"I believe we have a good team," Yzerman said. "I'm not going to sit here and say, 'We're going to really go out and try to do something.' But if an opportunity is there, we'll certainly try to do it." The Bolts do have some pieces to offer, most notably, Jonathan Drouin. The disgruntled forward should yield a good return for Yzerman and his team.
Sun, Jan 31, 2016 10:25:00 AM

Lightning owner Jeff Vinik believes that Steve Yzerman is capable of getting Steven Stamkos signed to an extension.

Vinik also added that Yzerman has the green light to do whatever it takes financially to keep the superstar in Tampa for the long haul. Stamkos is a top five player in the NHL and for the long-term benefit of the franchise, they have to get an extension done. Whenever and wherever Stamkos signs, he will certainly break the bank.
Sun, Sep 20, 2015 02:50:00 PM

Tampa Bay Lightning CEO Tod Leiweke has stepped down from his post as the Tampa Bay Lightning's chief executive officer.

Leiweke will instead serve as the NFL's chief operating officer. He had been with Tampa Bay for the last five years. Lightning President Steve Griggs will be his successor. Griggs has been credited with growing the business side of the franchise. Lightning GM Steve Yzerman will report to owner Jeff Vinik on hockey operations matters, just as he has in the past.
Fri, Jul 24, 2015 01:03:00 PM

The Tampa Bay Lightning selected forwards with five of their first six picks in the 2015 NHL Draft.

The five forwards selected were: Mitchell Stephens 33rd overall, Denis Yan 64th overall, Anthony Cirelli 72nd overall, Jonne Tammela 118th overall and Mathieu Joseph 120th. The Lightning only player selected during that span that wasn't a forward was defenseman Matthew Spencer.
Sun, Jun 28, 2015 11:56:00 AM

Steve Yzerman took home the GM of the Year Award on Wednesday night.

This is Yzerman's first award as a member of the front office, and if his playing career is any indication, there is much to come. As Tampa Bay's GM Yzerman was instrumental in putting his troops in excellent position to succeed. To wit, he signed Anton Stralman and Brian Boyle, acquired Ryan Callahan, and brought along developing break-out talents such as Tyler Johnson, Nikita Kucherov, and Ondrej Palat.
Wed, Jun 24, 2015 07:49:00 PM

Tampa Bay's AHL affiliate the Syracuse Crunch will continue their partnership with Lyon Hockey Club Lions of France in 2015-16.

The Crunch will host their training camp in Lyon, France and play their preseason games against the AHL Utica Comets (Vancouver Canucks) on Oct. 1st and 2nd. Then play Lyon on Oct. 4th, while Utica plays a team from Rouen. This is the second consecutive season Syracuse has held this affiliation, and hopefully will lead to a continued blend of both culture and hockey.
Tue, Jun 23, 2015 08:09:00 PM

Steve Yzerman of the Tampa Bay Lightning, Bob Murray of the Anaheim Ducks, and Glen Sather of the New York Rangers have each been named as finalists for NHL GM of the Year, as voted on by their fellow GM's, a panel of NHL executives, and members of the media.

It should be noted that the voting was done after the second round of the playoffs finished. Yzerman's Lightning finished second in the Atlantic, but he didn't make any major moves leading into nor during the season. Murray's Ducks won the Pacific, and he acquired Ryan Kesler prior to the season and Simon Despres at the trade deadline. Sather's Rangers meanwhile won the Presidents Trophy for best record in the NHL, he signed Kevin Hayes before the season started and acquired Keith Yandle at the trade deadline.
Fri, May 22, 2015 08:03:00 PM

The Tampa Bay Lightning are the top team in the Eastern Conference heading into the All-Star break.

Tampa Bay's 64 points are one ahead of the Red Wings and Islanders. They are just one of four teams to reach the 30-win mark so far this season, but GM Steve Yzerman knows they have to improve in certain areas, including their road record. "I think, collectively, we are a very young group and it’s difficult to win on the road in the NHL,’’ Yzerman said. "The more experience our young guys get going into these good teams and their buildings and playing these games, it’s a good experience. There are things that we have to do, that we have to go through." The Lightning are just 11-10-3 away from home this season.
Sat, Jan 24, 2015 09:49:00 AM

Lightning captain Steven Stamkos pronounced that "the bar has been raised" in Tampa after a bunch of solid offseason moves by GM Steve Yzerman in bolstering the roster.

"The expectations aren’t to just sneak into the playoffs, it’s that we want to get in there and win,’’ said Stamkos. Yzerman signed winger Ryan Callahan to a long-term contract, brought in defensemen Jason Garrison and Anton Stralman, feisty center Brian Boyle, veteran forward Brendan Morrow and goaltender Evgeni Nabokov. Not to mention, the expected arrival of the league's top prospect Jonathan Drouin.
Sun, Sep 7, 2014 09:48:00 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Steven Stamkos
2Brayden Point
3Tyler Johnson
4Cedric Paquette
5Anthony Cirelli
6Gabriel Dumont
LW1Ondrej Palat
2Yanni Gourde
3Alex Killorn
4Chris Kunitz
RW1Nikita Kucherov
2J.T. Miller
3Ryan Callahan
4Cory Conacher
5Adam Erne
D1Victor Hedman
2Ryan McDonagh
3Mikhail Sergachev
4Anton Stralman
5Dan Girardi
6Braydon Coburn
7Jake Dotchin
8Slater Koekkoek
9Andrej Sustr
G1Andrei Vasilevskiy
2Peter Budaj
3Louis Domingue