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...