Steve Yzerman: Tampa Bay Lightning's Newest GM a Winning Choice

Todd CordellCorrespondent IMay 26, 2010

TORONTO, ON - NOVEMBER 09: Steve Yzerman speaks with the media at the Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Photo Opportunity at the Hockey Hall of Fame on November 9, 2009 in Toronto, Canada.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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The Tampa Bay Lightning have finally found their new general manager, and boy, was it a great choice.

Yesterday, the Tampa Bay Lightning announced Steve Yzerman will be their new GM. Many Lightning fans are excited about his hiring, and rightfully so.

Most Lightning fans are excited about having one of the world's best players and hockey minds take over their team. But some fans are questioning his experience, which to me is outrageous.

Steve Yzerman spent the last few years in Detroit watching Ken Holland, one of the best GM's in history, do his work and continue to make the Red Wings a model franchise. Yzerman learned many things there and feels he is now ready to become a GM.

Steve Yzerman proved he knows what it takes to win by selecting Team Canada for the 2010 Olympic games.

Sure, you can say he had a ton of players from which to choose, but if you look at it that way, you will realize his task was harder then it looked. Yzerman spent over a year watching all the Canadian players, both live and on TV, and scouting every player, by looking at their speed, skill, and heart.

Yzerman and Team Canada won, and that is why Yzerman will be a great GM in this league—he knows how to win.

Tampa Bay fans, get excited.

What are your thoughts on Steve Yzerman becoming the new GM of the Lightning? Feel free to comment.