As the Tampa Bay Lightning filed off the ice at the Troy Sports Center after practice Tuesday, a large contingent of media filed into an adjacent locker room, trailing Tampa Bay general manager Steve Yzerman.

Around this part of the country, Yzerman's association lies with a single franchise, the Detroit Red Wings. Wednesday's meeting between the Lightning and Detroit marks Yzerman's first trip back to Joe Louis Arena with the franchise he has been placed in charge of running. His return will draw plenty of interest and likely a video tribute during the game.

Yzerman's longevity with the Red Wings, 22 seasons as a player, is a rarity in today's world of the salary cap and free agency that often sees locker room rosters rotate like a revolving door. Spending an entire, lengthy pro playing career with one franchise as Yzerman did is almost unheard of nowadays.