John Davidson

What Steve Yzerman returning to Red Wings means for the Rangers

The Red Wings have announced a press conference for later today including former Detroit captain Steve Yzerman.

Yzerman is expected to be named GM of the Red Wings while current GM Ken Holland is expected to remain as SVP. (Gord Miller)

Yzerman was believed to have been of interest to the Rangers to replace Glen Sather as President but it’s not yet known if the Ranger ever spoke with him.


Larry Brooks writes that Yzerman informed the Rangers recently that he had “essentially committed to another endeavor.” (NY Post)

Adam Rotter: Yzerman always seemed like a long-shot for the Rangers. The expectation was always that if he was leaving the team he built it in Tampa it was because he wanted to return full-time to his family in Detroit. That is what happened and Yzerman is no longer, even as a remote possibility, an option for the Rangers.

So what does this mean for the Rangers search for a new President? Well, John Davidson remains the top choice. The Rangers will likely have to wait until after Columbus’ season ends to speak with him and he may not even be able to join until after July 1. Davidson has the ties to the organization and James Dolan and it has always seemed to make sense that he would one day run the Rangers. I still think Jim Schoenfeld makes a lot of sense as well. He’s already in the organization and certainly on board with the rebuild and path the Rangers have set out on.