Originally written on Fox Sports Florida  |  Last updated 11/5/14

EDMONTON - May 1: A dejected Steve Yzerman of the Detroit Red Wings talks to the media in the locker room after being eliminated by the Edmonton Oilers in game six of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on May 1, 2006 at Rexall Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Edmonton defeated Detroit 4-3 to win the series 4-2. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/Getty Images)
Steve Yzerman is once again committed to defense. Only days after Yzerman's Tampa Bay Lightning missed the postseason, the GM overhauled his team's roster, trading for a promising young goaltender and signing a slew of free agent defensemen. Paced by Steven Stamkos' 97 points and league-leading 60 goals last season, Tampa Bay also fielded four other 20-goal, 40-point players. But they finished last in the NHL with a 3.39 goals-against average. If last year proved anything, offense means little to a team if it can't protect its own end. It's a lesson all too familiar to Yzerman. A prolific goal scorer early in his playing career, the former Detroit Red Wings captain experienced little playoff success in his first 10 seasons. Detroit rarely got past the first round -- if it even made the playoffs at all. Scotty Bowman took over as coach in 1993, transforming Yzerman into one of the game's premier two-way pivots and the Red Wings into an annual Stanley Cup contender. In the three s...
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