The Hockey News’s Ken Campbell reports that Red Wings GM Steve Yzerman, bade farewell to long-time scout Glenn Merkosky in a puzzling manner.
In one of his first acts as Detroit Red Wings GM, Steve Yzerman fired longtime pro scout Glenn Merkosky, who was with the Wings for two Stanley Cups, and replaced him with Chris Yzerman, Steve’s brother who had been scouting for him with the Lightning. Discuss amongst yourselves.— Ken Campbell (@THNKenCampbell) June 25, 2019
I don’t think that the move was completely self-serving, but it is certainly curious.
Expect the Red Wings to make more front office moves (the team has already added Pat Verbeek as an assistant GM) as executives and scouts’ contracts expire on July 1st. Yzerman is not going to make wholesale changes for the sake of change, but there will be front office moves.
FYI: For what it’s worth, Chris Yzerman has always stayed in the Ottawa area, so he’s probably going to serve as the Ottawa/Quebec area scout…
And I have some skin in the game as Merkosky follows me on Twitter, and is a very nice man. I have to believe that given all that he’s done for the team over his years as an amateur scout, he was not let loose out of spite.