The latest word on the Yzerman-Tampa Bay deal is that Yzerman turned the offer down and will remain in Detroit as the Red Wings Vice President.
I have mixed emotions about this.
I had a feeling of sadness when I heard he was retiring from the game. I wasn’t quite sure what the Red Wings line up would look like without him behind the bench and even during his retirement speech he was humble and gracious towards his teammates. Stevie retired, life went on, and the Red Wings continued to play without skipping a beat.
Then I heard Tampa Bay was looking at him for the GM spot. Usually these rumors turn out to be trumors so I prepared myself for Stevie heading south. I didn’t want him to leave because Detroit without Yzerman is like Italian food without cheese! It doesn’t compute!
I decided to look at it from a different angle, I looked at it from his point of view and how he really wants to be a GM. Holland isn’t relinquishing the thrown anytime soon so maybe the best move for Yzerman is to leave if he wants to accomplish his dreams.
I’m happy he is staying (at least for now) and that I will still see him in the sky box sitting next to Holland, but I also wish him and his family the very best. I want him to accomplish as much as he can because I think we all can agree he deserves it.