Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch reportedly recently attempted some re-shuffling of his front office in order to keep highly sought after Hall of Famer Steve Yzerman with the Detroit Red Wings. He supposedly approached GM Ken Holland about becoming team president in order for Steve Yzerman to apparently assume the role of GM.
“I’m the general manager, I don’t have any interest in becoming president,” Holland said. “I’m a general manager, that’s what I was hired to do.”
Ouch. Not exactly what you want to hear if your a Motor City fan hoping to keep one of your all time greats in your front office. It’s not as though Holland doesn’t have high praise for Stevie Y, it’s just that he doesn’t want to relinquish his role as GM.
“It’s inevitable he’s going to be a candidate for most jobs because of the great player he was and what he’s done for Canada in the Olympics and the World Championships,” Holland said. “The dues he’s paid in the front office, I would anticipate eventually he’s going to get the opportunity…He’s absolutely ready to be a GM…The biggest thing for a GM is knowing people in the industry. It’s about knowing who to hire as amateur scouts, pro scouts, etc. He’s been in the (management) business for four years, he’s built relationships with people in the industry…He’s got experience evaluating players. He’s been in our meetings on a regular basis. All those experiences and conversations add to your information base.”
Both GM Ken Holland and assistant GM for the Wings will reportedly be offered contract extensions leaving them in their current roles for multiple years, clearing the way for Steve Yzerman to pursue a job outside the organization. Hopefully that job is with the Tampa Bay Lightning.