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Wild Tried To Bring In Yzerman As GM

According to the Buffalo News, the Minnesota Wild made an attempt to bring in a hockey legend to run the club a few years back after firing Doug Risebrough.

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Wild owner Craig Leopold apparently made an offer to former Detroit Red Wing center Steve Yzerman to take the team’s general manager spot following the 2008-09 season, when Risebrough was fired. However, he chose to stay with the Detroit Red Wings because it allowed him to tend to his other job. . .managing a Hockey Canada outfit that went on to win Olympic Gold.

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“Doing both jobs was my fear,” Yzerman said. “I think at the end of the day Craig and I both realized, ‘I don’t know if this is the right time to do this.’ To take over a team for the first time and build an Olympic team, it definitely can be done, but it was a lot of responsibility there.”

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So, the Wild ended up with Chuck Fletcher, which seems to have worked out okay thus far.

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