After vice-president Steve Yzerman took the Lightning's general manager's position last Tuesday, Ken Holland confirmed Tuesday that Yzerman has asked for permission to speak to Ryan Martin.
Martin, who is known to be close to Yzerman, handles the ins and outs of the salary cap for Detroit.
I like this take on the situation from a Mlive poster - this makes total sense -
As to why the Wings would allow him (Martin) to leave, this is the true meaning of loyalty. No one will want to work here if they know the steps at the top of the ladder are taken unless the guys at the top allow them to pursue opportunities for higher spots on other ladders. The Wings currently have limited space for promotion near the top, and none at the top, so they will lose quality personal when opportunity knocks.
Waddell: Red Wings GM Ken Holland says Bolts' Yzerman has asked to speak with capologist Ryan Martin