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“It’s Different Now”

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

It was during a less formal interview Yzerman raised eyebrows.

“It’s been an interesting morning, actually,” Yzerman said. “Leading up to coming here this afternoon, reality starts coming in – I have to be on my game here. I’m excited to be back.

“Truthfully I’ve been in Detroit for the last bit, nobody really knows who I am or recognizes me. That’s been nice.”

That Yzerman, whose local legend was cemented with three Stanley Cup championships as a player, could go unrecognized around Detroit is hard to imagine. But he is almost a decade removed from leaving the team, and says things have changed. Or had.

“It’s different now,” Yzerman said. “Now you’re coming back as the general manager of the Red Wings. People that didn’t recognize me might watch the news and say, ‘oh that guy.’ There’s a little bit more attention now. But I have a lot of work to do.”


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Your New Executive Vice President And General Manager

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

Yzerman, who served two decades as the Red Wings captain while leading them to three Stanley Cups, was named an executive vice president and general manager.

Ken Holland, who has been the general manager since 1997, has signed a multi-year extension and promoted to senior vice president.

“It’s an extremely exciting day in the history of our franchise,” owner Chris Ilitch said.....

Speculation immediately turned — as it has all season — to how long it would take for Yzerman to return to Detroit....

“I’ll tell you in five years,” Yzerman said.

Yzerman is excited about returning to the organization he had so much success with.

“This fan base is used to winning,” Yzerman said. “Depending on your age, this takes time and we’ve been through this before. It takes time.

“We have a lot of work to do and depending on your age, this takes time. We’ve been through this before (rebuilding).

“It takes time and I caution and temper the excitement. We will do the things necessary, we’ll follow the process, and we’ll get back to where we expect to be.”


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Video- Videos From Today

I will be adding videos to this post, so make sure to check back every so often.

added 4:15pm, Below, the full press conference.

added 4:24pm, Below, Henrik Zetterberg and Kris Draper.

added 5:17pm, Below, a nice picture of Holland and Yzerman.

First up, GM Yzerman after the press conference.


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Video- When You Woke Up This Morning…

Did you expect this?


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Official - Steve Yzerman Named Exec. VP And GM Of The Detroit Red Wings

DETROIT – Detroit Red Wings Governor, President and CEO Christopher Ilitch today announced that Steve Yzerman has been named Executive Vice President and General Manager responsible for all hockey operations and that Ken Holland has been promoted to Senior Vice President and will serve as a senior advisor to hockey operations.

“This is a truly exciting day for the Detroit Red Wings, we are thrilled to welcome Steve Yzerman back to Hockeytown,” said Ilitch. “Steve has produced tremendous results as a General Manager in the National Hockey League, as well as an executive in international competition. He is a smart, driven, competitive and determined executive with outstanding leadership skills, as demonstrated both over his playing and management careers. Steve and Ken have proven to be two of the most successful general managers of their era, and to have Steve leading our hockey operations and Ken providing valued support is a tremendous advantage for our organization. I believe we took a strong management team and made it even stronger today.”

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3PM Live Stream- Press Conference With Chris Ilitch, Steve Yzerman And Ken Holland

Below is the live stream for the Steve Yzerman press conference.

It is via YouTube but just in case it goes belly up, here is the direct link.

It is also planned to be on DetroitRedWings.com plus their Facebook and Twitter pages.

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Videos- Fans Get Their Wish

Chants of Come Home Stevie at the closing of JLA.

Watch Yzerman's full speech from that night below.


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Video- Are You Ecstatic With The Yzerman News?

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Does Ken Holland Have Interest In The Edmonton Oilers?

from Kurt Leavins of the Edmonton Journal,

The far more interesting question this decision now presents is: Will Ken Holland stay in Detroit? Or is there a new challenge out there for a man who had probably been the best NHL General Manager of the past two decades?

For the time being, at least, Detroit will position this as Holland as staying on as Sr. Vice-President. Holland and Yzerman are very good friends. There is no way that Holland would just bring in Yzerman and then walk away, cold-turkey, and steal his friend’s thunder. Not gonna happen.

But I am made to believe that the Edmonton Oilers have indeed spoken to Holland about potential opportunities here. No that could mean a number of things, of which I suspect the General Manager’s job is probably the one that interests Holland the least. And that’s why I have never thought that Holland was a realistic top candidate to become the Oilers G.M., before or now.


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Chris Chelios On Steve Yzerman’s Return

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

“Yzie brings instant credibility, and that’s not taking anything away from Kenny,” Chelios told MLive. “Sometimes it’s a player you acquire in the draft or a trade that gives you that boost. Yzie, from up in the press box, will have that effect. He speaks with conviction. The players will want to play for him. It’s going to be great.

“It didn’t take him long to build that team in Tampa. His work ethic as a GM was the same as a player. He’s going to be chomping at the bit to get the team ready for training camp. … The timing is perfect. He’s ready to take on the new challenge and I’m sure he’s looking forward to it.”


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