When you add up the fact that Ryan Martin would likely become the assistant GM in Tampa Bay with the fact that he’s no longer attending brain trust meetings, it’s hard not to conclude he’s gone. Even though it’s possible he is being kept out of the meetings only pending his decision, it doesn’t seem likely he’d turn down an assistant GM job. The Wings can offer him money, but not the control such a job would bring.
So, yeah. It seems likely. And it sucks. Having a guy as smart and as knowledgeable of the CBA as Martin on the staff has been huge for the Wings. Ken Holland is the best GM in the league, but Martin’s value to the team in the cap era is something we’re probably not going to fully appreciate until he’s gone. The fact that he’s likely headed out the door has me unsettled on the team’s future CBA/cap-related prospects. It isÂ not a good thing.
And I admit I’m a little upset with Yzerman, in spite of myself. I know he needs good, smart people in his office, but ugh. Martin is the Wings’ good, smart guy. But such is business, I guess.