The Stevening is here: The Detroit Red Wings have announced a press conference to name former captain Steve Yzerman as the team’s general manager.
JUST ANNOUNCED: The #RedWings will hold a press conference today at 3 p.m. EST with Christopher Ilitch, Steve Yzerman and Ken Holland.
Watch live on https://t.co/JeI97PrF2L, the Detroit Red Wings Facebook page and the Detroit Red Wings Twitter page.
— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) April 19, 2019
With Yzerman taking over as GM, Holland will be booted upstairs to a senior vice president role. That said, it might be a temporary move.
Will be real interesting to see how long Ken Holland remains in the #RedWings organization. Just can’t see Holland being content with whatever role he will have currently. Loves being a GM.
— Ted Kulfan (@tkulfan) April 19, 2019
Holland has long been rumored to be in the running for the GM role with expansion Seattle, and they had previously said they wanted to get someone in place this summer, so the timeline for that does fit.
I’ve said before, and I Tweeted it again this morning, that my concern with Yzeman coming in as GM is that he’s already a god in Detroit. He seemingly has nothing left to accomplish. I don’t want to see his legacy damaged if the Wings are still a lottery team in five years and he’s forced out.
Part of that fear is based on expectations for Yzerman and what he actually has the ability to do.
This is going to be Ken Holland’s team for a long time. Holland will, at least until he’s named GM in Seattle, remain with the organization. AGM Ryan Martin will remain. Kris Draper will remain. This is, for the most part, Yzerman stepping into a management team that already exists. How much impact can he have in that environment?
Similarly, at least for the 2019-20 season, the Red Wings roster is relatively locked in. The bad contracts to Justin Abdelkader and Darren Helm aren’t going anywhere. The best move this summer, no matter who the GM is, is to stand pat.
So the earliest Yzerman will be in a position to really shape this team will be at the trade deadline next February. Even then, it will mostly be selling pending free agents like Mike Green, Trevor Daley, and Jonathan Ericsson. In all likelihood, those potential trades bring back draft picks, which means the first players acquired via moves Yzerman makes won’t be known until the 2020 Entry Draft, over a year into his tenure as GM.
Maybe he’ll surprise me. I don’t see it, though.