Fans of the Detroit Red Wings everywhere are celebrating the official news that Steve Yzerman is now the general manager of the Detroit Red Wings.
Listen to how he joins 97.1 Mike Valenti from The Ticket to discuss the timing of the hiring and some additional information.
Well, who would have thought that?
According to a Sportsnet report, it was none other than Ken Holland who was the main force behind the return of Steve Yzerman to the Red Wings to take over his position, and has been working on it for months.
I have been told that the architect of Yzerman's return to the Red Wings is Ken Holland. He has been working on this for the past 3 months.
– John Shannon (@JSportsnet) April 19, 2019
Of course, it was Ken Holland who rejected this move the first time in 2010. The ownership of the Red Wings supposedly wanted Yzerman to become Holland's successor, who did not want to go "up" yet. Yzerman then went to Tampa Bay Lightning, and for the past nine years, he has made them a powerful and annual contender for the Stanley Cup.
Holland, who has been the team's GM since 1997, was asked earlier this month on 97.1 The Ticket to stay with the Red Wings.
"That's a big question," Holland said. "I do not 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 have taken root, I love fans, I love people who work for Red Wings, I love young players.
"It would certainly be very difficult for me to leave."
– Public Relations NHL (@PR_NHL) April 17, 2019
Perhaps the most shocking result of the playoffs in recent memory, the Tampa Bay Lightning of 62 wins were swept in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs by the Columbus Blue Jackets.
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