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The Detroit Red Wings do not waste time to greet Steve Yzerman back in her fold welcoming Tampa Bay Lightning, where Yzerman General Manager, was eliminated from the playoffs, the Wings have convened a press conference for this afternoon.

A tweet has almost betrayed the announcement: signs indicate that Yzerman was appointed General Manager and the move from Holland took an advisory role.

] Holland has another year as General Manager of the Wings. He told the Free Press earlier this week that he is heading to Sweden this weekend to explore the IIHF U18 World Championship.

Yzerman played for the Wings from 1983 to 2006 and won three Stanley Cups as captain. Retired for months, he moved to Holland as an assistant. He took this position until 2010, the GM job in Tampa Bay took over. There he picked up two core pieces at Steven Stamkos and Victor Hedman and built a rival team, though the Lightning also missed the playoffs three times between 2010 and 2013.

At the beginning of the 2018-19 season, Yzerman named family reasons for his decision to resign and deliver his contract as a consultant. Lightning's 2018-19 Lightning team built Yzerman's 1995-96 Wings team with 62 victories in the regular season, but was swept in the first round of the series ending on Tuesday.


Wings Director-General Ken Holland talked about speculation that Steve Yzerman will replace this summer. Shot on April 8, 2019 in Detroit.
Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press