What has Yzerman done as a GM that has given you the impression he would be better than Ken Holland? Being a great player does not necessarily equal being a good GM. TB is loaded with talent (that was already in place before he took the job) and Yzerman has yet to acquire the pieces needed for this team to take the next step. I woudn't call his tenure a failure just yet, but I can't say I'm blown away with the job he's doing either.
Exactly. Somehow the consensus has been reached that the playoff success in 2011 was Yzerman's achievement, whereas the lack of success since then has been entirely Boucher's fault. That makes entirely no sense. If anything, the reverse should be true. Yzerman inherited a pretty good team in 2010. His major moves were the trade of Meszaros to Philly---which was really great for the Flyers---and the signings of Clark, Kubina, and Bergenheim. He later picked up Roloson and Brewer by trade. Clark and Kubina put up numbers that were decent. Bergenheim scored very well in the playoffs, but everyone knew that was a flash in the pan, and Yzerman didn't bother to re-sign him anyway. Roloson was huge for the Lightning in the playoffs, but has been bad ever since. Brewer was likewise fairly good in that playoff run but not so great since then; as Blues fans will tell you, he's not a very good defender.
Stevie honestly just didn't do that much, and he has failed utterly to address the team's greatest shortcomings over the past two seasons: defense, and---to a greater extent---goaltending. Roloson is old and was useful as a playoff pickup in 2011, but Yzerman chose to ride him as his primary netminder in the next season, gave him mediocre backups. This was a terrible decision, but Yzerman decided not to trade for anyone else. And in this season, he went with the dynamite (sarcasm) tandem of Garon and Lindback, which has been similarly unsuccessful. As far as defense goes, Yzerman traded away Meszaros and never really replaced him, nor has he made any real improvements along the blueline at all. Kubina was old and a temporary fix; Clark came and went; Brewer is average; Salo is past his prime; journeyman MAB is not really a factor wherever he goes; and Carle is an overrated defenseman to whom Yzerman gave a contract that nearly everyone believes was extremely overpriced.
Ironically, Yzerman's best contribution in 2010 was very possibly the hiring of Boucher. And now that's over.
Whatever the case, I'm as fond of Stevie Y as the average poster on this forum, but the fact that he was a great hockey player and a great leader doesn't mean that he's a great GM. And I think it's a combination of nostalgia and grass-is-greener thinking that makes some people here believe that he'd be such a great GM here.