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Quick Strikes: Yzerman quietly makes waves

Yzerman is driven, intense, determined, and suddenly on everybody's radar.

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The Bolts

  • This piece on Steve Yzerman is as intense as the GM himself. It outlines the history of his drive to become GM, and describes a man as driven to build a team as he was to play hockey. "He’s determined. He’s intense. It’s not like you go from a player into the front office and you lose all those traits." [The Hockey News]
  • Speaking of Yzerman, he was present for the last opening day at the Joe Louis Arena. "From a player's perspective, it's a great arena to play in," Red Wings legend Steve Yzerman, whose No. 19 hangs in the rafters, once said. "It's a simple arena. It's got a good atmosphere." []
  • Winging it in Motown had an interesting insight into Yzerman's term as captain of the Red Wings.  "[W]hy’s Steve Yzerman known as 'The Captain'? Sure, he was captain of the team for 19 seasons, but what separates him from other long-serving captains? What separates him from Nicklas Lidstrom, who you could argue was a bigger piece to the Stanley Cup puzzle? It’s because Yzerman was captain of a basement-dwelling Red Wings team. He led the team not into immediate success, but into failure." [WIIM]
  • Martin Fennelly would like a "stinking Lightning-Panthers rivalry" already. Battle of Flori! [TBT]
  • This discount for Crunch lovers comes via Ms. Allovimo:

The Game

  • We miss you, Marchy! "Thanks in large part to a three-point game from forward Jonathan Marchessault, the Florida Panthers were able to win their second consecutive game to open the 2016-17 season by beating the Detroit Red Wings 4-1 on Saturday night. It was also a big night for veteran goalie Roberto Luongo who stopped 21 shots to pick up his 438th win in the NHL." [NBC]
  • This link to a bunch of newborns dressed in Islanders jerseys is totally adorbs. []
  • Travis Hamonic decided it was appropriate to send a hard slapshot right into Corey Perry. Was it a mistake? Was it intentional? Depends which team you spoke to.
  • Speaking of the Ducks, this is what happens when Randy Carlyle coaches a team: Corsi death.
  • In serious news, the Minnesota Wild honored the memory of Jacob Wetterling, a boy who was abducted at age 11 in 1989. Zach and Alisha Parise helped fund the Jacob Wetterling Resource Center to educate the community about abducted and exploited children. [Puck Daddy]
  • Video: The Toronto Maple Leafs held a lovely ceremony to retire the numbers of eleven players on their opening night. The presentation was emotional, perfect for a town that adores hockey. [Maple Leafs Hot Stove]