Steve Yzerman Is Going 'Home' to Restore the Red Wings to Greatness

April 19, 2019 - 10:05 am

DETROIT (97.1 The Ticket) -- The Detroit Red Wings called a press conference for Friday afternoon to introduce Hall of Famer Steve Yzerman as their new general manager.

When Yzerman stepped down as GM of the Tampa Bay Lightning in September, it was reported that he told the team he would be "going home to Detroit." Now that's coming true.

Current GM Ken Holland reportedly will be named as senior vice president. Holland has been working on this succession plan for the past three months, according to Sportsnet. It's a notable change in heart on the part of Holland, who reportedly declined to step aside as GM during Yzerman's first stint in the Red Wings front office from 2006-09. That's what prompted Yzerman's move to the Lightning. 

Ten years later, Holland was willing to hand over the reins. He still has one year remaining on his contract with Detroit. 

Holland, 63, was asked earlier this month whether he would like to remain with the Red Wings regardless of his position in the front office. He's been with the team since 1983, GM since 1997. 

"That’s a great question," Holland told the "Jamie and Stoney Show" on 97.1 The Ticket. "I don’t have an answer for you. But I am a proud, proud Red Wing and I love being a Red Wing and I love living in Michigan. We've put roots down. I love the fans, I love the people that work for the Red Wings, I love the young players. Certainly would be very difficult for me to leave." 

The Red Wings missed the playoffs this season for the third consecutive year after making the postseason in 26 consecutive seasons.

Yzerman, 53, played all 22 of his NHL seasons with the Red Wings. The legendary center won three Stanley Cups and recorded 1,755 points (seventh all-time) on 692 goals (ninth) and 1,063 assists (ninth).