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Yzerman asked about Winter Classic Alumni Showdown personnel; Babcock drops a Filppula bomb

Updated 3x at 8:52 PM: This is of course the one question those of you who've been wondering about Steve Yzerman's participation in the Winter Classic Alumni Showdown wanted to hear the answer to, and in typical Yzerman fashion, he gave 97.1 the Ticket's Jeff Riger a non-answer:

Yzerman will appear on Fox Sports Detroit during the second intermission, and while we're droppin' bombs, Mike Babcock had spoken to Ken Kal in a little chit-chat prior to Kal losing his voice this morning, and Babcock stated that Ken Holland had offered Valtteri Filppula a seven-year contract prior to the start of free agency, but Filppula chose to test the market anyway, and when Filppula circled back around, "the money was all gone." [edit: and Mickey Redmond said that Holland had told him that the Wings had 2 offers for Filppula, one pre-free agency and one during free agency, but 4 or 5 teams were after Filppula and he was gone]

Update: the Detroit News's Gregg Krupa all but Tweeted a column:

Update #2: The Windsor Star's Bob Duff posted a video of the exchange...


And he offered a column regarding Yzerman's comments as well...

In town with the Tampa Bay Lightning as they faced his old club at Joe Louis Arena, Lightning GM and long-time Red Wings captain Yzerman was non-committal about his involvement in the game, but offered no indication that he would be partaking in the festivities.

“I haven’t really given it much thought,” Yzerman said. “I’ve been keeping really busy with our team and watching a lot of games for the Olympics, so I haven’t really looked that far ahead. I really am doing a lot of other things right now I haven’t really thought about it.”

Among Yzerman’s contemporaries, both Sergei Fedorov and Nicklas Lidstrom, the man who succeeded him as Detroit captain, have recently given commitments to skate in the outdoor doubleheader against the Toronto alumni, part of the Hockeytown Winter Festival.

Pressed further on the issue, Yzerman pointed out a serious roadblock that would prevent him from suiting up for the game.

“I don’t even own a pair of skates so I may have to take up a collection,” Yzerman joked. “I’ve had skates on like three times to do something minor. I’ve just kind of moved on a little bit. I don’t have time to skate and don’t really have a real desire to. I really enjoy being in management, I love watching the game I like being in the rink, I just really don’t have a real desire to put skates back on.”

Update #3: More of the same from MLive's Ansar Khan...

Yzerman said he “hasn’t really talked about it’’ with Red Wings GM Ken Holland.

Asked whether he will appear for the festivities even if he doesn’t play in one of the two alumni games, Yzerman said, “We’ll see what my schedule is, again I haven’t looked that far ahead.’’

He also is busy with his duties as executive director for Team Canada for the 2014 Olympics

Yzerman, who underwent an osteotomy on his knee in 2002 said, “I’ve just kind of moved on a little bit. I don’t have time to skate and don’t really have a real desire to.’’

He doesn’t miss it.

“I really enjoy being in management, I love watching the game I like being in the rink,’’ Yzerman said. “I just really don’t have a real desire to put skates back on.’’

When the 2013 Winter Classic was announced in February 2012 (it was later canceled due to the NHL lockout), Yzerman released a statement saying he did not plan on participating in the alumni game “at this time.’’

And the Free Press's George Sipple also took note of Yzerman's thoughts...

NOTEBOOK: Yzerman said both Chris Chelios and Brendan Shanahan were well deserving of induction in the Hockey Hall of Fame, which will happen on Monday in Toronto.

“We had a lot of fun playing together,” Yzerman said.

Yzerman said Chelios was “one of the greatest competitors I ever played with or against.”

Yzerman said the addition of Shanahan transformed the Wings and he was one of the biggest reasons they were able to go on and win the Stanley Cups.

He posted a video of Yzerman speaking with the media...

And Fox Sports Detroit's Art Regner more or less underscored the bottom line:

If you're hoping to see No. 19 on the ice one more time in a Detroit Red Wings sweater, you'll likely be disappointed.

Meeting with the Detroit media before Saturday’s Red Wings-Lightning game, former Wings great and current Tampa GM Steve Yzerman didn't sound at all committed to playing for the Wings alumni in their Winter Classic showdown against the Toronto Maple Leafs alumni on Dec. 31 at Comerica Park.

In fact, Yzerman claims he doesn’t even own a pair of skates anymore.

“I’ve been pretty busy with our team and I’ve been watching a lot of hockey game for the Olympics, so I haven’t really looked that far ahead,” said Yzerman, who's also the GM of Canada’s Olympic hockey team.

As it stands now, Detroit GM Ken Holland hasn’t reached out to Yzerman about the alumni game, and according to Yzerman, his hectic schedule might preclude him from attending the Winter Classic at all.

Yzerman said that he enjoys being in management and loves being at the rink, but he doesn’t have the urge to get back out on the ice.

"I’ve had skates on three times (since his retirement) to do something minor," Yzerman said. “I’ve kind of moved on. I don’t have time to skate, and I don’t have a real desire to do it.”

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Babcock stated that Ken Holland had offered Valtteri Filppula a seven-year contract prior to the start of free agency,

Jesus ****ing Christ.

Posted by godblender on 11/09/13 at 08:40 PM ET

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Can’t even imagine the meltdown in comments here if that 7 year deal had happened.

Posted by maltby18 on 11/09/13 at 08:44 PM ET

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Well at least we know he threw everything he could at keeping the guy.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 11/09/13 at 08:46 PM ET

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Well at least we know he threw everything he could at keeping the guy.

Unfortunately we don’t know why he seems to overvalue so many of his players.

Posted by Garth on 11/09/13 at 10:16 PM ET

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At this point I really could care less if Steve wants to participate or not.  His ducking the issue comes off as something much more than just simple apprehension:  he either already has an edict from elsewhere that he can or will not, or he never has had any intention or desire to do so himself for reasons we don’t know.

Everyone should just stop asking him and move on.  I know George keeps beating the “Yzerman’s knees” drum, but his knees have nothing to do with just showing up.

Posted by Primis on 11/09/13 at 10:49 PM ET

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Or maybe he’s told them he can’t play and they would like him to show up as a nice surprise for the fans.

Posted by Garth on 11/10/13 at 12:20 AM ET

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The Captain will play.  He just doesn’t want to make a big deal of it, since Stevie doesn’t like making big deals of things.

Posted by Figaro from Los Alamos, NM on 11/10/13 at 02:35 AM ET

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“I’ve been pretty busy with our team and I’ve been watching a lot of hockey game for the Olympics

so has our coach.

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 11/10/13 at 02:39 PM ET

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