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Lightning’s Steve Yzerman up for GM of Year

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Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman is one of three finalists in the NHL’s general manager of the year competition.

Yzerman, who finished second in the balloting for the same award in the 2010-11 season, is competing against the New York Rangers’ Glenn Sather and Bob Murray of the Anaheim Ducks. Murray won the award last year and finished second the year before.

Yzerman, a Hall of Fame player with the Red Wings, has restructured the Lightning since its last trip to the conference finals. There are only two holdovers – Steven Stamkos and Victor Hedman – from that team. Along the way, his team has developed undrafted Tyler Johnson and seventh-round draft pick Ondrej Palat, has traded for goaltender Ben Bishop and Ryan Callahan and signed Brian Boyle and Anton Stralman through free agency.

This year, the Lightning set franchise records of 50 wins and 108 points. They led the league with 262 goals and 32 home wins.

The Rangers this year led the Eastern Conference. All three teams are in the Stanley Cup semifinals.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit garysheltonsports@gmail.com.

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