Sports Lightning optimistic about extending Yzerman beyond next season

18:07  14 june  2018
18:07  14 june  2018 Source:   thescore.com

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The Tampa Bay Lightning want the Steve Yzerman era to continue. The Lightning general manager is set to enter the ninth and final season of his contract in 2018-19, but team owner Jeff Vinik remains optimistic that he'll ink "Stevie Y" to Ducks to retire numbers of Kariya, Niedermayer next season .

The Lightning general manager is set to enter the ninth and final season of his contract in 2018-19, but team owner Jeff Vinik remains optimistic that he'll ink "Stevie Y" to an extension as soon as this offseason, according to Joe Smith of The Athletic. Based on Yzerman 's comments, it doesn't appear

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The Tampa Bay Lightning want the Steve Yzerman era to continue.

The Lightning general manager is set to enter the ninth and final season of his contract in 2018-19, but team owner Jeff Vinik remains optimistic that he'll ink "Stevie Y" to an extension as soon as this offseason, according to Joe Smith of The Athletic.

Based on Yzerman's comments, it doesn't appear that it will be a long negotiation, either.

"Working for Jeff has been fantastic," Yzerman told Smith. "It's a tremendous position and I'm grateful to have it."

Yzerman is the NHL's sixth-longest-serving GM after being hired in May 2010. Prior to joining the Lightning, he spent four seasons as the vice president of hockey operations with the Detroit Red Wings.

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Since arriving in Tampa Bay, Yzerman has transformed the Lightning into a perennial contender, with one Stanley Cup Final appearance and three other trips to the third round of the postseason.

The Lightning also boast an impressive roster that Yzerman has neatly packed under the salary cap by giving team-friendly extensions to the likes of Steven Stamkos ($68 million over eight years) and Victor Hedman ($63 million over eight years), among other deals.

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McPhee caps remarkable 1st season with GM of the Year honors .
Vegas Golden Knights architect George McPhee earned the General Manager of the Year award Wednesday night after building the most successful expansion franchise in the history of the four major North American sports. McPhee earned the distinction over Kevin Cheveldayoff of the Winnipeg Jets and Steve Yzerman of the Tampa Bay Lightning after his perceived ragtag roster shocked the hockey world and reached the Stanley Cup Final in its inaugural campaign.

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