Following the passing of Detroit Red Wings legend Ted Lindsay earlier this week, an outpouring of tributes have come in from throughout the sports world.
Before their matchup against the New York Rangers at Little Caesars Arena, a moment of silence was held in Lindsay’s honor. Then, during a television timeout, a video montage celebrating Lindsay’s life followed by a moment of celebration from the crowd was held. Everyone in attendance received a special commemorative mini-poster with Ted’s #7 on the front.
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Additionally, before the Detroit Pistons faced the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night at Little Caesars Arena, a moment of silence was held in his honor.
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Chris Ilitch mum on potential Steve Yzerman reunion
Ever since it was announced that Steve Yzerman was stepping down as general manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning despite having one year on his contract left, speculation has run rampant that a return to the Detroit Red Wings was in the works. He is still with the Lightning as an advisor.
Yzerman still maintains a home in the metro-Detroit area, and his family remained here even as he worked in Florida. Meanwhile, current general manager Ken Holland still has one year remaining on a two-year pact he agreed to this past offseason.
While discussing the Detroit Tigers on Saturday, Tigers chairman and CEO Chris Ilitch was asked about the potential return of Yzerman. However, he kept things simple when asked if he’s reached out to the former captain.
“No, we have not done that,” Ilitch responded. “He is under contract and we generally have a rule within our organization not talking about executives or others who are under contract with another organization.”
“There’s not a lot I can say about that other than I know his contract is expiring this summer, and leave it at that.”