Wings rallying around Yzerman

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 12:06 PM ET

The Detroit Red Wings have one driving force as they gear up for the playoffs: Win one last Stanley Cup for Steve Yzerman.

While the Wings and their Hall of Fame-bound captain already have three titles, they'd like another ring before Yzerman calls it a career.

Though many doubted the 40-year-old Yzerman could come back after a season lost to the NHL lockout, he has remains the leader of the pack in Detroit.

As Wings get closer to clinching the President's Trophy, many believe Yzerman has looked like he's 10 years younger with the playoffs now clearly in sight.

While Yzerman hasn't announced whether he'll retire at the end of the season, it's fair to say it's a definite possibility and it would make sense.

After suffering a devastating eye injury against Nashville that forced him out of the playoffs in 2003, Yzerman was determined to come back and show he could still contribute.

But the classy veteran doesn't want a farewell tour this year.

When the time comes, Yzerman will simply call a press conference in the Motor City and announce he's decided to call it quits.

Every athlete wants to go out on top and that's what the Wings players want for their longtime captain.

Nobody picked Detroit to win the Cup this year, but don't discount the role Yzerman factor is playing in Motown.

bruce.garrioch@ott.sunpub.com


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