Sources close to the Tampa Bay Lightning say Dave Nonis, Steve Yzerman and Doug Risebrough are believed to be high on new Lightning owner Jeff Vinik’s short list of potential GMs.

Sources say the Red Wings have granted permission for Tampa Bay to speak with Yzerman , currently a vice president in Detroit.

Yzerman won’t comment on the possibility, although his interest in making the move now may be amplified by the fact Detroit will soon announce Ken Holland’s contract extension as executive vice president and general manager.

Dave Nonis, the senior vice president of hockey operations for the Toronto Maple Leafs is considered the frontrunner, although, if Yzerman , the executive director for Canada’s Olympic gold medal team, is genuinely interested in the job, that could change.

Up to this point, speculation has identified Doug Risebrough as the prime candidate for replacing the recently fired Brian Lawton as Tampa Bay GM. Risebrough served as a New York Rangers’ consultant this season.

Meanwhile, sources say Vinik’s search for a CEO has identified a prime target and while Seattle Seahawks Chief Executive Officer, Tod Leiweke earlier this month told the St Petersburg Times he is not a candidate, some believe the job is his and the details are being finalized.



  1. futurebruin says:

    If Yzerman is hired, the Lightning will be a legitimate playoff contender in 3-4 years.

  2. Boston_Bruins says:

    Picking a team of all-stars is differen't than running an NHL team but I think he'd do a bang-up job as well. It would be interesting to see how he would deal with Lecavalier (if he can do anything at all).

  3. reinjosh says:

    Really? I think any competent manager could make them legit contenders season after next. Even next season with the right moves.

  4. cam7777 says:

    They need better goaltending, a completely revamped bottom six, more mobility from the back-end (although Ranger returning will help that probably), and a winger for Lecavalier.

    To BOS: Andrej Meszaros, Mike Smith
    To TBL: Tim Thomas, Dennis Wideman

    To EDM: 1st in 2010
    To TBL: Ales Hemsky

    To CHI: Todd Fedoruk, James Wright, 1st in 2011, 3rd in 2010
    To TBL: Dustin Byfuglien, Andrew Ladd 

    -sign John Madden, 2 years, 4 million

    -resign Paul Ranger, 1 year, 1 million
    -resign Kurtis Foster, 2 years, 5 million
    -resign Andrew Ladd, 3 years, 6 million
    -resign Antero Nittymaki, 2 years, 2.5 million
    -resign Steve Downie, 2 years, 5 million

    Downie – Stamkos – St.Louis
    Malone – Lecavalier – Hemsky
    A.Ladd – J.Madden – Byfuglien
    Purcell – Thompson – Konopka

    Hedman – Ohlund
    Wideman – Ranger
    K.Foster – Walker

    Thomas – Nittymaki

    Weak defense, but they should be able to add to that at the deadline.  They need Hedman to break through.  This team will win by scoring a lot and having a very effective checking line.

  5. pezzz123 says:

    Paul Ranger isn't playing hockey anymore. He left the team for personnal reasons at the beginning of the year and never returned.

  6. cam7777 says:

    I'm aware, but Vrbata also did that, and returned. 

  7. leafmeister says:

    On an unrelated note. Any hope of Joe Pavelski coming on the market is gone. Since he is the Sharks only playoff performing, they will move heaven and earth to resign him.

    I think they are gonna let Marleau walk. Or maybe deal his rights.

  8. cam7777 says:

    Yea, it's pretty clear Clowe/Pavelski/Setoguchi is their top line moving forward.  They should resign Marleau, and trade the other two for a package that gives them depth all over the roster – a top 4 d-man, a checking center, a top six forward, a goalie prospect, etc…

  9. Kramer says:

    I wanna be Tampa's GM.

  10. Boston_Bruins says:

    Definitely my best hockey pool pick this year. The guy is awesome and as clutch as can be, which is something the Sharks sorely need. Clowe has looked great too.

    Marleau definitely won't be coming back. They should use that room for a guy like Pavelski but the Sharks could do a classic Sharks move and pick up Kovalchuk to reunite with Heatley with Thornton between them.

  11. Boston_Bruins says:

    Definite salary dump for the Bruins but something like that has to be done soon. It kind of sucks to deal Wideman after he has FINALLY started looking better in the last month or so but sacrifices have to be made.

    The only thing about Thomas is his no trade clause though. Apparently the Bruins and Capitals had a done deal to send him to Washington at the deadline for Fleischmann and something else but he nixed the trade. I know Thomas loves Boston and Boston loves Thomas so it would be a good fit but I don't know how much longer he can take riding the bench with that competitive fire he has in him. He doesn't seem to be the type to let his contract do the talking.

  12. Kyleton says:

    You have to learn how to tie your shoes first

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