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Talking With Steve Yzerman

from Mike Zeisberger of NHL.com,

In a recent wide-ranging discussion with NHL.com, Yzerman elaborated on life without Holland in Detroit, why he doesn't think teams can be built via free agency, and the future of veteran defenseman Niklas Kronwall.

You consider Ken Holland a mentor. What kind of legacy has he left on the Red Wings organization?

"At the end of the day, I understood where he's coming from. Mostly, he's happy about his move so we're all pleased for him. In the Detroit organization, he's done so much for us. Not only building Stanley Cup teams, all of us who have worked with him, he's been a friend, a father figure, a professional adviser to us all, and he's looked out for us all. We're all grateful for everything he's done for us and we're going to miss him."

Holland always stressed the importance of the NHL Draft, as did you when you were GM of the Tampa Bay Lightning. You have the No. 6 pick in the 2019 Draft, how key is it to hit on this selection?

"The Draft is so important. You have to acquire your talent some way. To do it through unrestricted free agency, you're not going to build a team that way. At least I don't think you can build a team that way. How you do it is acquire the young talent and try to develop them. I think we're fortunate to have a small core of the [Dylan] Larkins, the [Anthony] Manthas, the [Tyler] Bertuzzis coming. There's the foundation there and we have to add to it. They're all good young players."

Judging by those comments, should we not expect a big splash from the Red Wings in free agency?

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TreKronor's avatar

Most noteworthy statement of the article pasted below.  This should be a permanent banner on A2Y for the next 12 months:

Finally, what is your goal for the Red Wings in 2019-20?

“Improvement. Looking on and off the ice in a lot of areas for it, and hopefully it’s reflected in the standings. But it may not.”

Posted by TreKronor on 06/07/19 at 05:01 PM ET

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Trade Trevor Daley to a contender for a 4th or 5th round pick. Jonathan Ericsson should be benched for a larger portion. I know this is his final season. There are too many better defensemen in Detroit’s defense.

Posted by AdrenRush369 on 06/07/19 at 05:03 PM ET

Down River Dan's avatar

I think we’re fortunate to have a small core of the [Dylan] Larkins, the [Anthony] Manthas, the [Tyler] Bertuzzis coming

Not gonna try and read too much into that brief answer, but I find it interesting that #72 was left out ????...

Posted by Down River Dan on 06/07/19 at 05:35 PM ET

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It may have been an accidental omission, but it could also be indicative of who the natural leaders are in the dressing room. And I can absolutely see Larkin and Bert as leaders. (mantha…i don’t know).

Posted by TreKronor on 06/07/19 at 05:56 PM ET

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Jonathan Ericsson should be benched for a larger portion. I know this is his final season. There are too many better defensemen in Detroit’s defense.

Bench him or bury him in the minors. Whatever we do with him, he should play no more than ten games in Detroit.

Not gonna try and read too much into that brief answer, but I find it interesting that #72 was left out ????...

Could be oversight. Could be a potential trade being worked out with another team. I’m leaning towards oversight.

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 06/07/19 at 07:13 PM ET

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My feeling is Stevie isn’t overlooking,  think a AA for Trouba trade has probably already been worked out.

Posted by stateofmifan on 06/07/19 at 09:21 PM ET

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——-I thought all the Detroit players did really well in the tournament
——Wasn’t Bertuzzi benched for most of the games?

Posted by VPalmer on 06/07/19 at 09:21 PM ET

MurrayChadwick's avatar

Anyone else but me loving the way Yzerman is working, no media leaks, no interviews, no nothing from him
Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 06/06/19 at 12:13 PM ET

YES and No more HSJ quotes from KH, Thank God.
Posted by WingedRider from Saskatoon, SK on 06/06/19 at 01:41 PM ET

Yzerman… hold my beer…. hey Mike Zeisberger…

LOL

Posted by MurrayChadwick from YzerGod's pixie dust fueled bandwagon on 06/07/19 at 09:44 PM ET

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Posted by MurrayChadwick from YzerGod’s pixie dust fueled bandwagon on 06/07/19 at 09:44 PM ET

Nailed it.

We are 2 months into his regime and Yzerman hasn’t done dick except sign Oliwer whoever’s and bring Verbeek in. He has, so far, retained THE EXACT SAME STAFF that Holland left.

Of course there hasn’t been any time to make any player moves, but that’s what makes all of this toe sucking all the more ridiculous.

Posted by ilovehomers on 06/08/19 at 06:18 AM ET

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I have recently mentioned this yesterday, but more details from the CBC Guide for tonight…

8:00 PM
Movie (HD) - Goalie (2019)
Biopic of the life of legendary NHL goaltender Terry Sawchuk. Mark O’Brien, Kevin Pollack, Georgina Reilly.

10:30 PM
Movie (HD) - Mr. Hockey: The Gordie Howe Story (2012)
A biopic about Canadian hockey legend Gordie Howe. Michael Shanks, Kathleen Robertson, Andrew Herr, Dylan Playfair.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 06/08/19 at 11:16 AM ET

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(Kronwall) ” I thought he played well last year. On and off the ice he’d be a welcome addition back.”

The outrage?  Oh right, Steve said it, not Holland.  Otherwise, wow, hold on to your Stroh’s.

Posted by RWBill on 06/08/19 at 04:24 PM ET

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