Down 3-1 to the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Stanley Cup final, it’s unlikely that former Detroit Red Wings Jon Merrill, Tomas Tatar or Xavier Ouellet of the Montreal Canadiens will be gaining an inscription of the Cup’s bowl.
Technically, there are no ex-Wings suting up for the Lightning – unless you count defenseman David Savard, a paper Red Wing for a brief time this season amidst a three-team deal between the Red Wings, Lightning and Columbus Blue Jackets.
However, look a little beyond ice level. There are a couple of ex-Wings who could be adding Stanley Cup rings to their repertoire. Tampa Bay is currently going three deep in assistant general managers. Two of them were Red Wings during their playing days.
Jamie Pushor serves as assistant general manager – director of player personnel. He was a Detroit defenseman from 1995-98, winning a pair of Stanley Cups. Pushor saw action in five playoff games during the Wings’ 1996-97 run to the title.
Center Stacy Roest is Tampa Bay’s assistant general manager – director of player development. He’s also general manager of the American Hockey League’s Syracuse Crunch, the Lightning’s top minor league affiliate. Roest was a Wing from 1998-2000 and again in 2002-03. He played three games for Detroit in the 2000 Stanley Cup playoffs.
Both were brought into the Tampa Bay organization by current Wings GM Steve Yzerman when he was serving as Lightning GM. Pushor’s orginal hiring was as a pro scout in 2011. Roest came aboard as director of player development in 2013. They were given promotion to their current roles in 2019, after Yzerman had left for Detroit.
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