Detroit Red Wings name Steve Yzerman as new GM

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DETROIT – APRIL 7: Steve Yzerman #19 of the Detroit Red Wings skates against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Joe Louis Arena on April 7, 2006 in Detroit, Michigan. The Red Wings defeated the Blue Jackets 6-5 in a shootout. (Photo by Dave Sandford/Getty Images)

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Detroit, MI – Next season, the Detroit Red Wings will have a new general manager and for fans, the name may sound familiar.

Former Red Wing great, Steve Yzerman, will be the general manager of the Detroit Red Wings, according to several reports, Ken Holland, the current GM, will remain in his role as senior vice president.

The team is planningn an introductory press conference with Yzerman, Holland and team owner Christopher Ilitch, Friday Afternoon.

Yzerman, 53, was hired as the general manager for the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2010 until he announced in September he would step down. With a year still left on his contract, Yzerman served as an adviser to the team.

The Lightning were the best team in the NHL this season, but were on the wrong side of history after beig swept in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs by the Columbus Blue Jackets.

During his tenure in Tampa Bay, the Lightning made it to the Stanley Cup Finals in 2015 but lost the to the Chicago Blackhawks. The Lighting also appeared in three conference finals as well.

Yzerman will take over a Red Wings team who has been in rebuild mode the past couple of years, collecting plenty of young talent so far. The Red Wings finished 32-40 this past season.

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