Detroit Hockey Now’s Kevin Allen stirs the pot a little bit with a ranking of the Atlantic Division’s best GM’s:
1.Julien BriseBois, Tampa Bay Lightning: BriseBois learned from Yzerman, but has earned the No. 1 ranking because of the trades he’s made and the creativity he showed managing his salary cap. He left Yzerman’s shadow when he won back-to-back Stanley Cup championships.
2. Steve Yzerman, Detroit Red Wings: Yzerman was no longer there, but his fingerprints were all over the Tampa Bay titles. More importantly to Detroit fans, he has received strong reviews for the work he has done thus far in the Red Wings’ rebuild. He is highly respected for his vision and aggressiveness.
Continued; Yzerman has made some trade and signing fumbles, like any GM (see: Alex Regula for Brendan Perlini, and the inability to really address the dearth of offense or defensive depth until he was able to shake off the final Ken Holland contracts this past summer), and he’s going to continue to make a mistake from time to time, but his overall vision for the team is a strong one.
It’s on the players, coaches and fellow management to deliver upon that vision–one man cannot rebuild a team alone.