Red Wings legend, Hall of Famer, and now GM of the Lightning, Steve Yzerman has made his footprint in NHL history quite a few times.
His latest endeavor as GM of the Tampa Bay Lightning looks like it could make a huge splash in this upcoming NHL season.
The rookie GM has improved his ailing Lightning team drastically in the past few months.
Sean Bergenheim (from NY Islanders)
Brett Clark (from Colorado)
Chris Durno (from Colorado)
Dan Ellis (from Nashville)
Mitch Fritz (re-signed)
Simon Gagne (traded from Philadelphia)
Blair Jones (re-signed)
Pavel Kubina (from Atlanta)
Mike Lundin (re-signed)
Vladimir Mihalik (re-signed)
Marc-Antoine Pouliot (from Edmonton)
Teddy Purcell (re-signed)
Mathieu Roy (from Columbus)
Paul Szczechura (re-signed)
Nate Thompson (re-signed)
Mike Vernace (from Atlanta)
Ryan Craig (to Pittsburgh)
Kurtis Foster (to Edmonton)
Zenon Konopka (to Islanders)
Andrej Meszaros (traded to Philadelphia)
Antero Nittymaki (to San Jose)
Alex Tanguay (to Calgary)
Tampa's biggest losses include Nittymaki, Foster, Meszaros, and Tanguay, but Yzerman filled those holes quickly by obtaining Ellis, Kubina, and Gagne through free agency trading block. And he filled those holes without giving away many assets either.
He fleeced Philadelphia in the Gagne trade and made cheap signings for the short-term so that his core could develop some more.
One of Tampa's biggest problems has always been goaltending ever since the departure of Khabibulin. Yzerman got Dan Ellis for two years on a good contract creating a solid tandem in Ellis and Smith. Although he may not fix Tampa's goaltending woes, Ellis provides the team with a great stopgap until their goaltending prospects develop.
Overall, Yzerman has addressed most of Tampa's problems although the defense still seems a bit suspect.