Welcome to The Leafs Nation’s 2019 Atlantic Review in which we take a team-by-team look at the other seven teams in the Atlantic Division. Today, we have the rotting husk of one of hockey’s greatest dynasties, the Detroit Red Wings.
There’s a new (old?) sherrif in town. Steve Yzerman is (finally) the general manager of the Detroit Red Wings.
Prior to the start of the 2018-19 season, Yzerman stepped down as general manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning. This came as a shock because the Lightning that Yzerman built were poised to get over the hump and finally win a Stanley Cup. Tampa Bay, of course, would go on to put together one of the best regular seasons in the salary cap era before getting shocked by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the first round.
What came next for Yzerman was the worst-kept secret in hockey for the entire year. While it wasn’t said out loud, everyone knew that he was going home. Long-time general manager Ken Holland got promoted to senior vice president and Yzerman was subsequently hired as general manager.
This, of course, was a long time coming. Yzerman is a legend in Detroit. He …
Author: Cam Lewis / The Leafs Nation