Under general manager Steve Yzerman the Lightning has faced its share of bumps. It is on its second coach has had several goaltending issues and last season fell to 28th in the 30-team league. Yzerman also has said the team might take a step back this season because of the expected turnover on the roster as Tampa Bay transitions to a younger profile.

But owner Jeff Vinik said long-term vision is more important than short-term hurdles and that Yzerman "is doing a great job" and "has my support 100 percent."

Vinik mentioned the way Yzerman in the fourth year of a five-year contract has transformed the organization's minor league system and how players from that system are starting to contribute to the big club. Vinik also said his vision aligns with Yzerman in that one must be patient to grow a consistent winner "because there's no other way to do it."