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Ken Holland discusses deadline deals, preaches patience

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The Detroit Red Wings were once again sellers at the 2018 NHL Trade Deadline as they’ll be on the outside looking in on the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the third straight year.

Their two trades were sending defenseman Nick Jensen to the Washington Capitals in exchange for Madison Bowey and a 2020 second-round drat pick, as well as sending Gustav Nyquist to the San Jose Sharks in exchange for a 2019 second-round pick and a conditional 2020 third-round pick.

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General manager Ken Holland discussed the moves and the importance of acquiring draft capital as the team builds towards the future.

“At the end of the day, to rebuild, going with youth has got to be done through the draft, it has to be done through multiple picks,” Holland said. “Would I like to have acquired more picks? Yeah I’d love to have acquired more picks. But the market place speaks.”

Aside from San Jose, the Boston Bruins also expressed interest in acquiring Nyquist. Holland and Nyquist’s agent did discuss a contract extension, but weren’t able to come to terms.

“I guess I was conflicted a little bit because I was hoping coming into this season we could be more competitive than what we are. I think on a night-to-night basis we’ve been competitive enough to be in most hockey games. The games are exciting. We’ve made comebacks.

But the reality is when you look at the standings, we are not nearly as competitive as we need to be to compete for a playoff spot. As you work your way to the trade deadline, I felt it was more important to grab more future. That’s the direction we’re going. To go out and re-sign and keep the team together, the team hasn’t been quite good enough.”

When will the Red Wings embark on another long playoff run? Not any time soon, according to Holland.

“It’s (going to be) a while,” Holland said. “You just have to look around the league and look at the teams. Some teams are really good teams and they haven’t gone on long playoff runs yet, and they’ve been building for a while…..When you are building through the draft, it’s going to take time. I’m preaching patience.”

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SNEAK PEEK: Saturday’s Detroit Free Press front page is all about Steve Yzerman coming home

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On Friday, Steve Yzerman officially returned home to the Detroit Red Wings.

Here is a sneak peek at the front page for Saturday’s Detroit Free Press.

Well done by the Free Press!

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REPORT: Sergei Fedorov could return to Detroit Red Wings

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On Friday, Steve Yzerman officially came home to the Detroit Red Wings.

But could one of his old pals be joining him in the Motor City?

According to 97.1 The Ticket’s Jeff Riger, he heard today that Yzerman might bring former Red Wings’ great Sergei Fedorov into the organization.

Nation, would you like to see Fedorov back in the Red Wings’ organization? Do you think he would consider coming back before his No. 91 is retired?

BREAKING: Steve Yzerman officially introduced as Detroit Red Wings’ GM

97.1 The Ticket’s Mike Valenti interviews Steve Yzerman

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97.1 The Ticket’s Mike Valenti interviews Steve Yzerman

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Detroit Red Wings fans everywhere are celebrating the official news that Steve Yzerman is now the general manager of the Detroit Red Wings.

Take a listen as he joins 97.1 The Ticket’s Mike Valenti to talk about the timing of the hiring and some additional insight.

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Ken Holland the architect of Steve Yzerman’s return

Well, who would have thought that?

According to a report from Sportsnet, it was none other than Ken Holland who was the leading force behind Steve Yzerman’s return to the Red Wings to take over his position, and has been working on it for months.

Of course, it was Ken Holland who declined this move the first time around in 2010. Red Wings ownership allegedly wanted to tap Yzerman as the successor to Holland, who didn’t want to move “upstairs” just quite yet. Yzerman then went to the Tampa Bay Lightning, and for the past nine years, has built them into a powerhouse and yearly contender for the Stanley Cup.

Holland, who has been the team’s GM since 1997, was asked earlier this month on 97.1 The Ticket about remaining with the Red Wings.

“That’s a great question,” Holland said. “I don’t have an answer for you. But I am a proud, proud Red Wing and I love being a Red Wing and I love living in Michigan. We’ve put roots down. I love the fans, I love the people that work for the Red Wings, I love the young players.

“Certainly would be very difficult for me to leave.”

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Tampa Bay Lightning swept in Round 1

Wow!

In perhaps the most shocking playoff result in recent memory, the 62-win Tampa Bay Lightning were swept in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs by the Columbus Blue Jackets.

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