The Great Dao of Steve

As we know, Steve Yzerman, along with a handful of great superstar veterans have been struggling with this new NHL format. That being said, Detroit Red Wing captain; Steve Yzerman has a tough decision to make.

On the ice, his knee has been a pain, forcing him to ask for days off and raising serious questions about his ability to get through the season he usually plays less than 10 on most nights. Off the ice he is trying to wrestle with the emotional issue of precisely when is the right time to say he’s had enough.

But between the pain of his knee and the limited minutes he’s been getting from the Wings, the writing appears to be on the wall.

A lot of people are wondering when, or if, Yzerman will call Wayne Gretzky to pull himself from the Canadian Olympic team roster. Hey, I would say, with all due respect, that’s a foregone conclusion. What I wonder about is whether this is the week Stevie Y decides to call it a career.

Personally, as good of a career as he has enjoyed, I think his tenure on the Olympic squad has come to an end. He will do the right thing and take himself off.

Yzerman has had what many would call, an illustrious career, a native of Cranbrook, British Columbia, drafted 4th overall by the Wings in 1983, this 10-time NHL all-star has totalled 681 goals and 1048 assists in 1470 regular season games. To add to his list of achievments are 3 Stanley Cups, Conn Smythe Trophy, Lester B. Pearson winner and an Olympic Gold Medal as well as the longest serving captain in Detroit Red Wing history.

There is no doubt in my mind that he is one of the best players to ever dawn an NHL hockey jersey. If you are a fan of Steve Yzerman, I suggest to watch the next few Detroit Red Wing games, as it is in this writers opinion that any one of them could be his last.


16 Responses to The Great Dao of Steve

  1. 19AVSFANFoLIFE19 says:

    yea someone pays attention to tsn.ca or watches tsn

  2. mojo19 says:

    longest serving captain, not only in detroit red wing history, but NHL history all together.

    And you had no mention of his Selke, and Masterton awards.

    And I was really upset when Bob McKenzie suggested this.

    I think Yzerman will stick around until the playoffs, he LOVES hockey too much.

  3. Wills says:

    The guy is just getting back into form and he takes one night off and everyone jumps all over the guy. Last time in 2002 everyone was mad he put himself on the Olympic team because of his knee injury and he ends up being one of the best forwards for Team Canada, then when people are saying he should retire that year he goes on to win the Cup on one leg and at the same time lead his team in points in the playoffs. How quickly we all forget what this guy is capable at. Do I think he will play on this years Olympic team? NO. Do I think he will retire at the end of the season? YES, but he’s not going to retire in a week from now.

  4. donkey_kong05 says:

    McKenzie: Is the end near for Stevie Y?

    Bob McKenzie

    11/28/2005

    You really have to seriously wonder if the end is near for Steve Yzerman.

    Now, near is a funny word. Near could mean the end of this season. But near could also mean the end of this week. And were that to be the case, no one should be too surprised.

    The truth is these must be difficult days, on and off the ice, for Yzerman, a Detroit hockey icon if ever there were one.

    On the ice, his ravaged knee has been a pain, forcing him to ask for a day off on Saturday and raising serious questions about his ability to get through this season. Off the ice, it can’t be too much fun either, trying to wrestle with the emotional issue of precisely when is the right time to say he’s had enough.

    As private and proud a person as Yzerman is, this is clearly Stevie Y’s call to make.

    But between the pain of his knee and the limited minutes, likely to be less than 10 on most nights, he’s been getting from the wings, the writing appears to be on the wall.

    Yzerman has been supplanted on the Wings’ power play by Mikael Samuelsson. Yzerman doesn’t kill penalties. In the new NHL, that doesn’t leave many minutes. Regardless of his stature in the game, and my goodness, the man has stature, it is what it is and it’s not likely to change.

    This can’t be too much fun for the Red Wings either. For general manager Kenny Holland or new head coach Mike Bab*****. But they’re in the business of winning hockey games and if they thought they could do that playing Yzerman more than 10 minutes a night, they would be doing it.

    But they’re not.

    A lot of people are wondering when, or if, Yzerman will call Wayne Gretzky to pull himself from the Canadian Olympic team roster. Hey, I would say, with all due respect, that’s a foregone conclusion. What I wonder about is whether this is the week Stevie Y decides to call it a career.

    For TSN.ca, I’m Bob McKenzie.

    dude, If I were you I’d sue McKenzie for stealing your idea.

  5. Gretzkin says:

    I’m pretty sure the issue as to whether or not Stevie will play for team Canada or not is even an issue. People are wondering whether or not he’ll have the good grace to let Gretzky know if he’s healthy enough to go to the Olympics, or not.

    I’m sure Wayne already knows it, and to be quite honest, I don’t think he’d make the squad anyhow.

    Wayne is into building a winner, and they say some players can merely walk onto the team. Well, that’s true, to a point.

    Look at Mario. He is probably the only “Old Guy” that could be on the team, no questions asked. The fact that he came out publicly and pretty much endorsed his protoge, Sidney, in his place, pretty much speaks volumes.

    He could be on the team. His presence, even if icetime was limited, would be enough.

    Stevie couldn’t show up with his Cup rings, Gold medal, and impressive Red Wings resume, and walk on to this team.

    Stevie, as much was I love him, was hampered by that broken orbital bone.

    After having such an illustrious career, and lets face it, this guy had an amazing career. Based on his raw talent and leadership.

    If Stevie had played out the last season without that horrible inury, he would have called it quits.

    Should he have? Yes, indeed.

    Playing on one leg in the NHL is a bit of a stretch. But Stevie did it with result.

    Leadership, toughness, determination, I could go on…

    I don’t think that he will call it quits mid season, a la “The Golden Brett”.

    Stevie wants to go out on top. Or at least cripple himself trying.

    His icetime is limited. But his presence is unmatching.

    Come playoff time, Stevie will step up to the plate and give us all a good show. Rest through the season, and give the veteran leadership in the playoffs.

    After losing to the Oilers in the Western Conference Finals, he’ll retire and assume his position wherever he likes in the Red Wings Organization.

  6. elite89 says:

    Stevie Y, what a guy!

    Ok i disagree with the fact that he will call it a career soon or b4 the end of the season. I watched the last game against LA and Stevie looked good. He had opportunities and tho you can see that hes not the same guy as he was even 5 years ago, he is not done quite yet.

    In my opinion Stevie, whos my favourite player as i’m a huge redwing fan, is the best captain to play in the NHL. He is a dieing breed.

    In terms of the Olympics, Stevie the classiest guy in the NHL and one of the classiest to ever play. It is no doubt in my mind that he will make the right decision and allow a guy like Spezza to take his place.

  7. tacitus says:

    oilers wont make the playoffs thou?? and if they did they would be out in the first rount.

  8. Heinzee57 says:

    What the hell is a dao?

    57

  9. Gretzkin says:

    Okay, okay. Just a little wishful thinking…

  10. 24_cups_and_counting says:

    Owen Nolan, You suck at writing articles as much as u suck at playing hockey.

  11. 24_cups_and_counting says:

    Oh yeah, I forgot:

    “For Tsn.ca, I’m Bob McKenzie”

  12. JeffBurnz09 says:

    I don’t think he’ll retire. It’ll be a tough season for him, with the injury, not being able to catch up with the new game, and being a bit of a non-factor for the first time in his career. But he’s played for so long, and means so much to the Red Wings I can’t see him giving up before the end of the year. He’ll finish the season with Detroit.

    As for Team Canada, there’s no way he should be there. He was picked for the World Cup in 2004 when he shouldn’t have been, and when he couldn’t play his replacement (Lecavalier) won the MVP. It’s just time for the young guys to go and not these older guys who are given first refusal because of their name.

  13. PittPens87 says:

    Long live Stevie Y!!!!

  14. wingerxxx says:

    I thought that article looked familiar.

  15. PuckMucker says:

    reports of Steve Yzerman’s death were pre-mature and greatly exaggerated.

    -for TSN, I’m Boob Mckenzie.

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