Monday, February 4, 2008

Yzerman to be GM?

There are reports out there saying that Yzerman will be named the GM of Team Canada for the upcoming World Championships in Halifax and Quebec City.

My thoughts?

Oh yes!! Yzerman put together a team that went undefeated at last year's World Championships in Russia. One of the notable things about that team was that it was largely devoid of superstars. Sure, Rick Nash was on the team and scored the sweetest goal of the tourney, but which other major stars were on the team? Umm...Eric Staal?...yeah, that's all who comes to mind right now.

The key to winning last year was chemistry...not the cast of (aging) superstars that played in Torino.

If Yzerman can prove that he can put together another team with amazing chemistry, then I will lead the pack of people declaring him to be the best choice for the job as the GM for Vancouver 2010. Heck, I am willing to give him my (worthless) endorsement right now.


DaBich said...

I've always admired Stevie Y. He has a good head on his shoulders, and "natural" hockey instincts. Put your money on him...

seeker said...

Team WHO?


I guess I'm just waiting for another "Miracle" (which it would be).

Ashley said...

It has been confirmed - Stevie Y will be the GM of Team Canada at the World Championships. Also on the management team are Doug Armstrong and Luc Robitaille. Woooooo!!!

Man, I wonder if I'll get to see Yzerman at the game...I'm so freakin' excited I can barely contain myself.

And Seeker - Team USA is shaping up to be a pretty damn good lookin team and you guys will be (and, in many ways, already are) our number one rival in international hockey.

When I think of Team USA at the Vancouver Games, I think of the players like Ryan Miller, Rick DiPietro, Jack Johnson, Erik Johnson, Pat Kane, Zach Parise, and Paul Stastny...among others. I think you guys will have a young team in 2010, but they will be skilled and very competitive. I hope you guys win the silver ;)

Seeker said...

I have to be honest and tell you that I have never warmed-up to the idea of having pros in the Olympics.

Obviously I watch and I route for my favorite teams, but it's lost something now.

I especially feel for the young players who may never play in the NHL, but had set their goal as making the Olympic team (or even just asked to try-out for it).

Ashley said...

I always believed that the Olympic Games were for the best athletes in the world, regardless of whether they were paid for being an athlete.

Before NHL players were allowed to compete in the Olympics, the European pro leagues were able to compete - Peter Forsberg was with MODO of the Swedish Elite League when he won gold in Lillehammer. The only differences between the SEL and the NHL are the money and the fact that the NHL has (arguably) more talented players overall.

I think that, should the NHL not allow its players to play in the Sochi Games in 2014, something will be missing. I know the athletes will be excited that they are at the Olympics, but (if it was me) I'd start to think that I didn't deserve to be there.

seeker said...

Before NHL players were allowed to compete in the Olympics, the European pro leagues were able to compete

Which was wrong!

The Olympic Committee can regulate so many things, I can't understand why they couldn't stop ALL professionals back then.

Ashley said...

I don't think it was so much that they didn't want professionals to play, but more that the NHL didn't allow their players to participate in the Olympics.

I absolutely love the Olympics and I sit in front of the TV and watch the coverage, even sports that I normally never pay attention to. What draws me in is that these are the best of the best athletes, competing for the biggest prize in all of sports. What means more to me is that the best athletes are competing, not whether they make a living from their sport.

I guess you could take it further from major professional sports and begin to question whether athletes should be allowed to participate if they receive endorsement deals, or if they get government funding, or if they get money from doing well in a competition (like marathon runners, some of whom make a decent living from competition). I know this isn't really what you meant when you're talking about professional athletes playing in the Olympics, but some people may make that argument...

But hey, that's just my opinion. I know that there are a lot of people who feel differently.