Ken Holland paused to consider the question for a moment. Was this his first trade with Steve Yzerman, his former captain and apprentice with the Detroit Red Wings?
There was a Mattias Ritola waiver claim, but that didn't count. Yeah, Holland said, this was it. The biggest deal of the trade deadline so far -- a three-way deal, at that -- was also the first big one between Holland and Yzerman.
"They're easy conversations because of our relationship," Holland said by phone before Tuesday's 2-1 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks. "At the end of the day, the deal still has to make sense."
Yzerman was busy on Tuesday, acquiring Kyle Quincey from the Colorado Avalanche for Steve Downie, then spinning Quincey into Detroit's first-round draft pick. But his first attempt in turning Quincey into young assets was a wish list that included prospects Holland had no intention of parting with.
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