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Yzerman is Lightning GM

Associated Press / May 26, 2010

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Hall of Famer Steve Yzerman is the Tampa Bay Lightning’s new general manager, taking on the task of rebuilding a franchise that’s fallen on hard times since winning its only Stanley Cup six years ago.

The former Detroit Red Wings captain and executive was introduced yesterday as Brian Lawton’s replacement. Lawton and coach Rick Tocchet were fired April 12.

“This is a long-term project for me. I believe building a Stanley Cup caliber team takes time and there will be many decisions, some lengthy, that will be made over the course of time,’’ Yzerman said.

Since retiring in 2006, Yzerman has worked as a vice president for the Red Wings, the only team he played for in a 22-year career in which he scored 692 goals and won three Stanley Cups.

The Tampa Bay roster includes two stars from the 2004 Stanley Cup winner, Vincent Lecavalier and Martin St. Louis, as well as Victor Hedman and Stephen Stamkos, the top pick in the 2008 NHL draft who scored 51 goals this season to tie Sidney Crosby for the most.

Avalanche re-sign Foote
The Avalanche will bring back Adam Foote for a 19th season after signing their captain to a one-year deal. Foote was an integral part of Colorado’s turnaround in 2009-10 as he guided a youthful squad into the playoffs a season after finishing last in the Western Conference. The Avalanche threw a scare at the top-seeded San Jose Sharks before tumbling in six games. The hard-hitting defenseman finished the regular season with nine assists in 67 contests. Foote, who will be 39 in July, helped the Avalanche to Stanley Cup titles in 1996 and 2001 . . . The Rangers acquired defenseman Jyri Niemi from the Islanders for a sixth-round pick in this year’s draft . . . The Islanders canceled plans to spend part of training camp in China. They were going to visit owner Charles Wang’s native country Sept. 14-23, but canceled primarily because of a procedural disagreement with the Players’ Association, according to Newsday’s website.

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