Yzerman as Tampa Bay GM?

      Former Minnesota Duluth defenseman Tom Kurvers, an assistant general manager with the Tampa Bay Lightning, is working to keep the NHL team operating as a general manager is sought to replace Brian Lawton. The Windsor (Ontario) Star had this story Thursday on the prospect of Steve Yzerman coming to the Lightning:

The Windsor Star

The Detroit Red Wings have granted permission for Tampa Bay to speak with Steve Yzerman about the vacant general manager job, according to TSN’s Darren Dreger.

Yzerman won’t comment on the possibility but Dreger said Yzerman’s interest in making the move may be increased when Detroit soon announces Ken Holland’s contract extension as executive vice president and general manager.

Yzerman, a vice-president with the Red Wings and executive director for Canada’s Olympic gold medal team, is believed to be high on new Lightning owner Jeff Vinik’s short list of potential GMs.

Dave Nonis, the senior vice-president of hockey operations for the Toronto Maple Leafs is considered the frontrunner, and former Flames GM Doug Risebrough, a New York Ran-gers consultant this season, is another top candidate for replacing the recently fired Brian Lawton as Tampa Bay GM.