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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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He’ll be waiver eligible next season though and I don’t think Yzerman can afford trying to pass him through waivers. Beyond that, the Lightning will have to make a decision on Yanni Gourde and if they’d like to bring him back.

On top of that, I have to think Yzerman learned a little something about his current role, and his relationship to the players. To my mind, the Lightning just extended a better GM than the one they hired four years ago. What to Read Next . Back. Sign in.

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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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Lightning General Manager Steve Yzerman held a press conference on June 15, 2017 to discuss the trade. Do you still want to acquire another defenseman or does this fulfill that need? Even if you don’t know he’ll play a full season with you guys next year?

He does more than just shut down the offense. He's an unrestricted free agent, and will be 28 come December of next season . The Lightning have brought in as their GM one of the most well-known names in hockey, Detroit's all-time favorite, Steve Yzerman .

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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