Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman wore a gray business suit and black dress shoes to the Tampa Bay Sports Commission's second annual Sneaker Soiree on Thursday night.
The attire was perfectly fitting, however, because Yzerman has already gotten down to the business of finding the Lightning a new goalie.
Two days after returning from a general manager's meeting in New York, Yzerman said during a roundtable discussion he hopes to trade for a new goalie before the month is out.
"There are two teams left in the Stanley Cup playoffs (Los Angeles and New Jersey) and the others are starting to kick around ideas as far as what they can do to improve their teams,'' Yzerman said.
"We accumulated a lot of (draft picks through late-season trades last year) and so now we're starting to explore things and we're going to try to trade for a goalie. If that doesn't work out, we'll look at free agency.''
Yzerman didn't rule out the possibility of adding the goaltender the Lightning need through the draft but he strongly suggested the Lightning are looking for immediate help in that area.
After advancing to the Eastern Conference finals in 2010-11, the Lightning struggled throughout the 2011-12 season and eventually missed the playoffs in part because of subpar goaltending.
Yzerman's comments came during a question and answer session with fellow general managers Mark Dominik of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Andrew Friedman of the Tampa Bay Rays, who were the recipients of one of the night's biggest awards.
The Rays were voted by Sports Commission members as the winners of the Moment of the Year Award for the dramatic victory over the New York Yankees in Game 162 of the 2011 season that sent them to the American League playoffs.
Other notable winners included Lightning CEO Todd Lieweke (Executive of the Year), Lee Roy Selmon (Lifetime Achievement Award) and the Bucs (Acquisition of the Year) for their symbolic signing of paralyzed defensive tackle Eric LeGrand.
The commission also established an award for dedication to the community in the name of former Tampa Tribune sports editor Tom McEwen and an award for moral courage in the name of former University of Tampa football great Freddie Solomon.
Former Palmetto High and USF football star Mistral Raymond received the award named for Solomon for his perseverance through a difficult childhood and a tragedy in which his family's home was destroyed by fire.
George and Leonard Levy, who worked in concert with McEwen in an effort to build Tampa Stadium and land teams such as the Bucs and Lighting for the area, were the recipients of the McEwen award.
"We lost a couple of times,'' George Levy said of he and his brother's endeavors. "But we had a lot of winners, and we wouldn't have had those wins without Tom's support.''
Support for future Tampa area athletes is the initiative behind a program in which Rays third baseman Evan Longoria and Red Bull have teamed up to raise money for area youth facilities, including the Belmont Heights Little League complex.
Longoria said he will donate $1,000 for every home run he hits and will also make a sizeable donation for every RBI he produces to the Red Bull Tampa's Got Wings program.
Among the surprises at the event, which was held at the T. Pepin Hospitality Centre, was the return to the Tampa area of former tennis great Jennifer Capriatti, who served as one of the award presenters.