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Yzerman already leads one GM list

Stevie Steve Yzerman has been an NHL general manager for only 24 hours, but he already can lay claim to being the best general manager in one category -- he's the best player-turned-GM in the league right now. The only GM who can even be mentioned in the same breath as Yzerman in terms of playing career is Dallas Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk and it's not even a close comparison. Here's a Two Cents' ranking of players-turned-GM based on their playing careers.

1. Steve Yzerman, Lightning
In NHL history, Steve Y ranks eighth in goals (692), seventh in assists (1,063) and sixth in points (1,755). Only current GM in Hall of Fame as a player.

2. Joe Nieuwendyk, Stars
Played 1,257 games with 564 goals and 562 assists. When he retired in 2006, he was tied with Islanders great Mike Bossy for 48th on the all-time points list. Won three Stanley Cups with three different teams in three different decades.

3. Doug Wilson, Sharks
One of the top defensemen of his generation, Wilson appeared in eight all-star games and played 1,024 regular-season games with 237 goals and 590 assists -- impressive numbers for a defenseman.

4. Don Maloney, Coyotes
A favorite among Rangers fans of the 1980s, Maloney played 765 games (mostly with the Blueshirts), scoring 214 goals with 350 assists.

5. Bob Murray, Ducks
Solid NHL defenseman who played 1,008 NHL games, all with the Blackhawks. He had 132 goals with 282 assists while playing steady defense.

Homer 6. Paul Holmgren, Flyers
Rugged Flyers forward who amassed nearly 1,700 penalty minutes in 527 NHL games. But he wasn't a goon. He also added 144 goals and 179 assists.

7. Dale Tallon, Panthers
Steady two-way forward with 98 goals and 238 assists in 642 games, mostly with Chicago. Played in two All-Star Games.

8. Rick Dudley, Thrashers
The former Lightning GM played 579 games between the NHL and WHA. He had an impressive 206 goals with 245 assists and is famous (or maybe infamous) for being the last player to wear the No. 99 besides Wayne Gretzky.

Rutherford 9. Jim Rutherford, Hurricanes
A good NHL goalie who had the misfortune of playing on some crummy teams. His career record was 151-227-59 with a 3.65 goals-against average.

10. Steve Tambellini,  Oilers
Bounced around five teams, playing 553 NHL games. He scored 160 goals with 150 assists

There were a few who didn't quite crack the list. Flame GM Darryl Sutter comes from one of hockey's most famous families, but he wasn't the best of the six Sutter Brothers. Darryl had 161 goals and 118 assists in 406 NHL games. Islanders GM Garth Snow was a journeyman goalie, spending time with five NHL teams, going 135-147-44 in his career. Rangers GM Glen Sather played 658 NHL games, scoring 80 goals with 112 assists.

[Last modified: Thursday, July 8, 2010 3:17pm]


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