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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.

 

 

Henrik Zetterberg.

 

 

 

 

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” ... He’s back. home.”

music to my ears

L.G.R.W.

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 04/19/19 at 04:21 PM ET

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from Gord Miller of TSN,

When the flare went up in Detroit, it could be seen all the way down in Tampa. The announcement in April, 2018, that Red Wings GM Ken Holland had signed a two-year contract extension didn’t get much attention at the time, but the unusually short two-year term caught the attention of the man for whom it was intended: Red Wings’ legend Steve Yzerman.

According to friends and colleagues, Holland had become increasingly frustrated and unhappy in recent years as criticism in Detroit began to mount. Asked if he was looking over his shoulder, Holland, normally calm with the media, replied curtly: “I’ve won three Cups, five Presidents Trophies. I don’t look over my shoulder.”

Holland told colleagues that his time as Wings’ GM would soon be coming to a close.

What he wanted most was to ensure that his reign ended well and that the team’s future was in good hands. Having overseen the start of the rebuilding process in Detroit, Holland wanted to make sure there was a key piece in place: a new GM.

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Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 04/19/19 at 04:48 PM ET

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Just a great day!

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit on 04/19/19 at 05:32 PM ET

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Larry Lage tweet,

Marian Ilitch, who said she was ecstatic and looked like it after Steve Yzerman news conference, said: “I did have a feeling that someday we would be together again.”

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 04/19/19 at 05:34 PM ET

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Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 04/19/19 at 04:21 PM ET

Mine, too.

At some point here in the (hopefully) near future, I will be too. Can’t wait to be back in the Detroit area!

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 04/19/19 at 05:42 PM ET

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Great TSN perspective, PK.  Nevertheless, some Red Wings followers will stick to their narrative that Ken Holland was booted out against his will.

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

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TSN


Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 04/19/19 at 04:48 PM ET

Yes very good article Paul.

Thanks

Posted by damndog revenge From the bowels of Detroit on 04/19/19 at 06:45 PM ET

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Listened to the interview on 97.1, and he said his philosophy isnt different. He would have traded to get picks at the last two deadlines, like Holland did.

He wants more picks, more… “lottery tickets.” I think Holland has used that reference. Yzerman also said that e doesnt see a big splash in the FA market (not sure if that includes or does not include a trade).

So I wonder what, if anything Stevie will do different. Didn’t he bring on whipping boy Witkowski in TB?

I expect that Yzerman will get the same criticism that Holland did should he slow play the rebuild like Holland has been.

Posted by ilovehomers on 04/19/19 at 07:24 PM ET

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And he could be playing possum. But what if he isnt and continues the same path?

Posted by ilovehomers on 04/19/19 at 07:32 PM ET

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So I wonder what, if anything Stevie will do different. Didn’t he bring on whipping boy Witkowski in TB?

I expect that Yzerman will get the same criticism that Holland did should he slow play the rebuild like Holland has been.

Posted by ilovehomers on 04/19/19 at 07:24 PM ET

Getting more “lottery tickets” and making deadline trades hasn’t really be anyone’s problem with KH. It’s the albatross contracts with idiotic trade protection that hamstrings the team and kneecaps the rebuild.

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

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Posted by Steve in San Francisco on 04/19/19 at 08:06 PM ET

True, those were specifically mentioned by Stevie which is why those were written. So its is unintentionally dishonest on my part.

But let’s say he doesnt buy someone out, doesnt trade eout a vet, brings Witkowski back. All things we did want or didn’t want (witkowski), but instead he decides to let time run out on vets still waiting for kids to ripen.

Is this the same “philosophy” Yzerman takes?

Want to know his plan and I dont think anyone had asked this. The press conference was so obsessed with “timeline” his decision. What about his plan to return us to greatness?

 

Posted by ilovehomers on 04/19/19 at 08:15 PM ET

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Want to know his plan and I dont think anyone had asked this. The press conference was so obsessed with “timeline” his decision. What about his plan to return us to greatness?

He was asked about bringing in personnel from TB (in the sense of coaches/scouts/front office types) and he said he wants to assess the situation and talk to people before he decides if changes need to be made. I imagine he’ll take the same approach to the players, but I’m going to give him more than 6 hours as GM before I clamor to see his entire 5-year timeline.

Posted by Steeb on 04/19/19 at 08:22 PM ET

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Getting more “lottery tickets” and making deadline trades hasn’t really be anyone’s problem with KH. It’s the albatross contracts with idiotic trade protection that hamstrings the team and kneecaps the rebuild.

True.Some bad contracts out there, but many teams are saddled with the same problem. Needs to be cleaned up, and it should over the next two seasons. cheese

Posted by bigfrog on 04/19/19 at 08:22 PM ET

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Posted by Steve in San Francisco on 04/19/19 at 08:22 PM ET


Fair enough. Thanks for the clarification on the staff. Didn’t think I missed anything. Alas, pointless phonecalls win again.

Posted by ilovehomers on 04/19/19 at 08:28 PM ET

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Didn’t he bring on whipping boy Witkowski in TB?

No. He did nothing of the sort. Witkowski was drafted before Yzerman’s tenure.
He did, however, cut ties with Wotkowski by not offering him a qualifying offer, thus making him a UFA and allowing Holland the opportunity to sign him.

Nice try though.

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 04/19/19 at 09:02 PM ET

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I am sure Yzerman knows the pressure he will be under and I am sure he did not just return for sentimental reason, but indeed has a plan in place.

Posted by VPalmer on 04/19/19 at 09:27 PM ET

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Shocked and in awe of Holland for the first time in a very long time. He sacrificed his own goals (seeing the rebuild through) in order to hand off the team’s control to Stevie. With the multi year extension, I don’t see him leaving the organization. Fans will probably see him at Compuware/USAHockey arena a lot more as he lives 5 mins away. Would be just as shocked if he becomes another team’s GM.

I thought the real insight was Stevie’s comment on why he left in the first place. He thought he would be 100 by the time he would have a chance thinking Jim Nill would be Holland’s successor and the path would be blocked for years to come.

As far as why he can’t bring others in Tampa over….thought that was explained well. If they are under contract in Tampa they can only leave for better job titles and corresponding responsibilities not for the same positions in Detroit.

I think we’ll see the difference between Holland and Yzerman when it comes time to let people go. Holland just didn’t do that and was loyal to a fault with Abbie, Cleary, Helm, Cleary, Errorson, Cleary, and Samuelsson…did I mention Cleary? This was probably because Holland predated the cap when the Red Wings could simply outspend their opposition and use picks to acquire missing pieces. The new CBA and cap changed the game and put an emphasis on young entry level talent to balance veteran contracts something Holland struggled to adapt to.

Yzerman’s made hard decisions with veterans with large contracts in Lecavalier and St Louis. And at some point Abbie and Nielsen will have to go through that process. The knock on Yzerman the player was he doesn’t share the spotlight and doesn’t know how to relate to superstars contract demands as he negotiated his own and deferred money for the benefit of the team.  We’ll see sometime if this was a circumstance of situation or a fair criticism.

But I am happy with the hire and think it will mean a Cup in the next decade. Stevie is too competitive to settle for 2 point improvement year-over-year.

Posted by d ca on 04/19/19 at 11:17 PM ET

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—He sacrificed his own goals (seeing the rebuild through) in order to hand off the team’s control to Stevie.

—-According to friends and colleagues, Holland had become increasingly frustrated and unhappy in recent years as criticism in Detroit began to mount

Posted by VPalmer on 04/20/19 at 07:44 AM ET

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Posted by VPalmer on 04/20/19 at 07:44 AM ET

Wonder where from. Because if we trust Holland, he doesnt even consume the media here because he ‘already knows’ what’s going on with the team.

Or maybe he reads KK…

Posted by ilovehomers on 04/20/19 at 09:05 AM ET

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The quote is from the article in the Detroit media

Posted by VPalmer on 04/20/19 at 10:59 AM ET

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