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Who Else May Be Going To Edmonton?

05/06/2019 at 7:28am EDT

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Some in the Red Wings’ front office might need to decide between Detroit and Edmonton, if not this summer then possibly in the near future.

Here is a rundown of some members of Red Wings management:

Ryan Martin, assistant general manager: Holland hired him in 2005 as a “capologist,” after the NHL implemented the salary cap. He was promoted to his current position a few years later. Martin is the club’s CBA expert and assumed the role of Grand Rapids Griffins GM after Jim Nill left for Dallas in 2013. He is involved in contract negotiations at the NHL and AHL levels. Yzerman tried to hire him as assistant GM in Tampa Bay in 2010.

Kris Draper, assistant to the general manager: He was considered a strong candidate to eventually replace Holland before Yzerman got the job. Draper joined the front office immediately after retiring as a player in 2011, following 17 seasons with the Red Wings, including 12 as Yzerman’s teammate. He has worked closely with Holland in player evaluation at the pro and amateur ranks and does extensive scouting. He has had input on potential trades, free-agent signings and draft selections (he pushed for Tyler Bertuzzi in 2013).

Tyler Wright, director of amateur scouting: The former 12th overall pick of the Oilers seems destined to join Holland in Edmonton. The Red Wings hit the jackpot in Wright’s first draft, selecting Dylan Larkin 15th. Time will tell if his other top picks – Evgeny Svechnikov, Dennis Cholowski, Michael Rasmussen and Filip Zadina -- or other selections pan out. If Wright leaves, Yzerman likely will try to lure Al Murray, who Yzerman named to the same position in 2010 shortly after joining the Lightning. Murray is regarded as one of the best in the business and was believed to be a candidate for the Oilers GM job.

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