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Open Letter to Steve Yzerman: It’s time to come home

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Note: This letter was originally published on April 10th, 2017 but still remains open.

Dear Steve Yzerman (Captain),

On Sunday, you came back to Detroit to say one final goodbye to the place you called home for your entire playing career in the NHL, the Joe Louis Arena. Now, on behalf of Detroit Red Wings fans across the nation, I am asking you to come back home for good.

As you are aware, our Red Wings are in a state of emergency. For 25 consecutive seasons, we have watched our team compete in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. That historic streak is officially over. But to be honest, Mr. Yzerman, it’s not about just making the playoffs, it’s about competing for and WINNING Stanley Cups.

It’s time for you to come back home to Detroit to restore greatness in Hockeytown.

Last night, as you were wrapping up your Farewell to the Joe speech, Red Wings fans (your fans) in attendance chanted, “Come Home Stevie” over and over again. In case you forgot, check it out.

After you were drafted by Detroit in 1983, it was obvious that it was just a matter of time before you would lead the Red Wings to the promised land. You made that happen in 1997 by bringing a Stanely Cup home and then outdid yourself by bringing us two more Cups before you decided to hang up your skates.

When you became GM in Tampa Bay, it felt like a piece of us was taken away, almost like the feeling of losing a family member. Not surprisingly, you were named GM of the year in 2015 with the Lightning and we were happy for you. But we could not help to think, “What if?”

Mr. Yzerman, it’s time to answer that question. It is time for you to return to your old stomping grounds and to lead this great Detroit franchise back to the top of the mountain.

It’s time to come home.

Sincerely,

Detroit Red Wings fans

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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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