Okay, I wasn’t going to even post about this as it’s only Red Wings news if you immediately jump into rumor-mongering, but if you interpret the tea leaves in just the right way, it’s very big news for Detroit. So here we go…
Of course, if Yzerman is leaving Tampa then he has to be coming to Detroit, right? And HSJ confirms this for us.
But that wording is… Peculiar. So let’s go back to Joe Smith on that take.
Okay, that’s a little bit more clear.
What we know is that Yzerman is stepping down as GM of the Lightning. We know he has a house and family in Detroit. It sounds like he’s coming back to that house.
It sounds like he’s going to spend the remaining year of his contract as an adviser to the Lightning. Which he can do from Michigan, of course.
In the meantime, Detroit has GM Ken Holland signed for two more seasons. He could always be fired or moved into another position and just get paid to go away, so that contract doesn’t mean too much. It is worth noting, though, that Holland refused to step aside and allow Yzerman to take over his role back in 2010, leading to Yzerman leaving for Tampa.
Aside from the rumors that have existed since Yzerman first left the Wings that he would one day return to lead the team again, we have no evidence that
The big question for me is timing. I can understand Yzerman leaving the Lightning. I can even understand him leaving the Lightning for the Red Wings. I can’t understand why the eve of training camp is when he would choose to do it.
Then there’s this…
I was already concerned that this isn’t a professional move and that his return to Detroit is for personal reasons. Pure conjecture on my part. But that the GM community is surprised by this might lend credence to the idea.
The press conference announcing the move is at 4:00 PM today, so maybe we’ll know more then.