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REPORT: Steve Yzerman a candidate for Philadelphia Flyers GM position

Apr 9, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Red Wings former captain Steve Yzerman (C) waves to the crowd before the game against the New Jersey Devils at Joe Louis Arena. This is the last game the Red Wings will play at Joe Louis Arena. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Take a deep breath, Red Wings fans.

According to a report from Philly.com, Steve Yzerman is a candidate for a general manager position but that position is not with the Detroit Red Wings. Instead, Yzerman is reportedly a candidate to replace the recently fired Ron Hextall as GM of the Philadelphia Flyers.

As I said, take a deep breath, Red Wings fans, though Yzerman may be a candidate to become the next GM in Philly, it does not sound like the Flyers are getting their hopes up.

“I spent some time in Detroit, and I know Yzerman a little bit,” Dave Scott, CEO of the Flyers’ parent company, Comcast Spectacor said. “My sense is he’s pretty committed to someday getting back to Detroit. I think his family is still there. He really put roots down there, and [Red Wings GM] Kenny Holland is getting to a point in his life he’s probably going to do different things someday.”

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Back in September, Yzerman shocked everyone by announcing he was stepping down as GM for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Ever since that moment, speculation emerged that he would eventually take over for current Red Wings GM, Ken Holland.

Yzerman, who is 53, never sold his home in Metro Detroit, even after he left for Tampa Bay. In fact, while he was with the Lightning, his wife, and his three children continued to live in the home.

After being selected by the Red Wings with the fourth overall pick in the 1983 NHL Draft, Yzerman went on to become arguably the greatest Captain ever to lace up his skates. In 22 seasons with the Wings, he scored 692 goals and racked up 1,063 assists while leading the team to three Stanley Cup championships.

Only time will tell, but from the sounds of things, Steve Yzerman is destined to return to the Detroit Red Wings, sooner or later.

 

 

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