The Detroit Red Wings do not waste time welcoming Steve Yzerman back into his fold.

Days after Tampa Bay Lightning, where Yzerman was the general manager, were eliminated from the playoffs, the Wings have called a press conference for this afternoon.

A tweet almost left aside the announcement: the indications are that Yzerman was appointed general manager and that Holland badumed an advisory role.

ONLY ANNOUNCED: The #Red flags will hold a press conference today at 3 p.m. EST with Christopher Ilitch, Steve Yzerman and Ken Holland.

Watch live at, the Detroit Red Wings Facebook page and the Detroit Red Wings Twitter page.

– Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) April 19, 2019

Holland has one more year of contract, as general manager of the Wings. He told Free Press earlier this week that he will be heading to Sweden this weekend to explore the IIHF U18 World Championship.

Yzerman played for the Wings from 1983-2006, winning three Stanley Cups as captain. Months of retirement he moved to a position as an badistant to Holland, playing that role until he accepted the post of general manager at Tampa Bay in 2010. There he took two major pieces in Steven Stamkos and Victor Hedman and formed a competitive team, although the Lightning He also missed the playoffs three times between 2010-1018.

At the start of the 2018-19 season, Yzerman cited family reasons behind a decision to step back and fulfill his contract as an adviser. The 2018-19 Lightning tied the Yingsman Wings 1995-96 team with 62 wins in the regular season, but was swept in the first round in a series that ended on Tuesday.


Wings general manager Ken Holland spoke about the speculation that Steve Yzerman will replace him this summer. Filmed on April 8, 2019 in Detroit.
Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press