Detroit Hockey Now’s Bob Duff posted the second part of a 2-part interview in which Ken Holland speaks with Vancouver Hockey Now‘s Rob Simpson regarding his decision to leave the Red Wings:
“It was time for change,” Holland said.
It was actually Holland who went to the Ilitch family and recommended that they pursue Yzerman as GM after he had chosen to step down as GM of the Tampa Bay Lightning.
“I went to the ownership and I said, ‘This is a great opportunity for the organization,’” Holland said “I hold Steve in the highest regard, not only as a player, not only as a person, but he’d been in Tampa Bay for nine years and he’d built Tampa Bay into one of the elite franchises in the NHL.
“I felt it was time for me to step aside and bring Steve home.”