Tampa Bay Lightning: 4 Reasons They'll Win the Stanley Cup with Steve Yzerman

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Tampa Bay Lightning: 4 Reasons They'll Win the Stanley Cup with Steve Yzerman
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The Tampa Bay Lightning's 20-year history has been a bit of a roller coaster ride.

In 2004, the Tampa Bay Lightning community reached its apex. The Lightning, whose inaugural season was in 1992-93, won the Stanley Cup just 12 seasons later.

That was the high for the Bolts until a magical run in the 2010-11 postseason. Tampa ended the Pittsburgh Penguins' run, then knocked out top-seeded Washington before being eliminated in the Eastern Conference finals by the Boston Bruins.

Considering 2007, the Lightning finished with 71 points, tied for dead last in the NHL with the Los Angeles Kings.

That turned out to be a great gift for the Bolts. The following draft season, Tampa selected Steven Stamkos to lead the next generation of Lightning stars.

With the Tampa Bay Lightning entering their 20th season in the NHL, general manager Steve Yzerman will have more pressure to put a quality product on the ice and return the Bolts to their 2004 glory.

Yzerman took over as GM in May 2010, and in his first season, the Lightning went to the Eastern Conference finals.

The Bolts' roller coaster ride continued the next season as injuries plagued the team and they finished tied for 10th in the East.

Yzerman has a track record of success at every level, doing whatever is necessary to win. Three Stanley Cups and 10 All-Star Games prove it.

This offseason, he appears to have answered the questions surrounding the Lightning's weaknesses.

He only has two years under his belt as GM, but he will bring the Bolts a Stanley Cup at some point in his tenure.

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