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Lightning, Red Wings mum on Yzerman report

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Published:   |   Updated: March 20, 2013 at 11:10 PM
TAMPA -

If the Tampa Bay Lightning want to speak to Steve Yzerman about the team's open general manager position, nobody is talking about it.

Officials for the Lightning and Detroit Red Wings declined to comment Thursday on a report by Canadian sports television network TSN stating the Lightning have been granted permission to speak to Yzerman, the vice president of the Red Wings and former team captain who played his entire Hall of Fame career in Hockeytown.

"Neither Steve nor the Red Wings are commenting in any way on potential outside opportunities for our staff," a Red Wings spokesman said in an e-mail to The Tampa Tribune.

Detroit general manager Ken Holland was a guest on "NHL Live" on Sirius/XM radio Thursday and was asked about Yzerman's future.

"I don't know a whole lot about (Tampa Bay seeking permission), but I spoke with Steve this morning for a few minutes and I know that he wants all the focus to remain on the ice as we get ready for our series with the Sharks coming up," he said. "That's the way he was when he was playing. But there is no doubt in my mind that he's ready to be a general manager."

Yzerman was the GM of Canada's gold-medal team at this year's Olympics.

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