"It's reasonable to say that Yzerman was the most coveted team executive in hockey, and for good reason. His hiring as general manager is as much a public relations coup as it is a potentially outstanding hockey decision. The Lightning have played under a circus tent for the last two years. … (Yzerman is) a champion and a winner for a franchise that's not known the feeling since 2004."
Greg Wyshynski, Yahoo Sports hockey blogger
"Steve isn't one to show his excitement, but it's pretty clear this is a phenomenal opportunity for him."
Darren Pang, former NHL goaltender, current TV analyst and Yzerman friend
"(Yzerman is) going to bring instant credibility to Tampa Bay, just with his presence and his passion alone. That team has some real good pieces, and Stevie is going to have it going in the right direction very quickly."
Kris Draper, 16-year Red Wings center and former Yzerman teammate
"You can't compare him to anybody. He's just Stevie, and you'll never hear a bad word about him. I think, and hope, for Tampa's sake, that he's going to bring a lot from Detroit, which is an unbelievable club."
Andreas Lilja, five-year Red Wings defenseman and former Yzerman teammate
"He is certainly ready (for the job). I saw huge growth over the three years that he worked with us. He was good when he started, and I think he is now truly ready to take on any of the challenges of an NHL general manager, and he will do very well in Tampa Bay."
Bob Nicholson, Hockey Canada president
"He knows what direction the game is going in, with youth and talent and speed. He knows the style of the game (that wins), and he likes smart players. It's exciting for Tampa to have a guy like that."
Igor Larionov, Hockey Hall of Famer, former Yzerman Red Wings teammate and current player agent
"Probably his most important trait is he's just a good man. He's a good person, and he treats people right. I think that's a big part of his success."
Jimmy Nill, Red Wings assistant GM