Flyers Eyeing Yzerman For GM, But Exec Believes He's "Committed" To Detroit

The Red Wings legend seems to be biding his time until Ken Holland moves on.

Will Burchfield
November 28, 2018 - 11:59 am

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The notion that Steve Yzerman is prepared to return to the Red Wings is growing stronger and stronger. Add a front-office member of the Flyers to the list of believers. 

The Flyers are currently searching for a new general manager, having fired Ron Hextall on Monday. Dave Scott, CEO of the Flyers' parent company, Comcast Spectacor, confirmed on Tuesday that Yzerman is on the team's list of targets, via Philly.com.

But Scott isn't confident in the Flyers' chances of landing him. In a recent conversation between the two, it became clear to Scott that Yzerman is aiming for a reunion with the Red Wings and will bide his time until GM Ken Holland moves on. 

"I spent some time in Detroit, and I know Yzerman a little bit. 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 Kenny Holland is getting to a point in his life he's probably going to do different things someday," Scott said. 

In a surprise move this fall, Yzerman, 53, stepped down as GM of the Lightning and took on a senior advisory role for the final year of his contract. His primary motivation was to be able to spend more time with his family in Detroit. 

With Holland likely nearing the end of his 35-year tenure with the Wings, everyone connected the dots. Last month, Chris Osgood deemed Yzerman's return to the only organization he ever played for "inevitable."

Holland, 63, is under contract with the Red Wings through next season. In a recent interview with 97.1 The Ticket, he declined to comment on Yzerman's situation other than to say the two are close friends 

"Obviously I’m friends with Steve. At the (2014) Olympics we roomed together for two weeks. He picked me as one of his people to be on his staff (for Team Canada). He’s obviously made a decision to step down. I don’t know what the future is going to bring, but certainly we’re friends and we’ll see what the future brings. 

"I don’t have any other comment, but I would say we’ve got a great relationship. What that means, I don’t know," Holland said with a smile. "He works for Tampa Bay and I work for Detroit."

As far as the Flyers' Scott is concerned, it's only a matter of time before Yzerman is working for the Wings.