DETROIT -- Although Kris Draper couldn't wait to put his No. 33 on again and would be fit and ready for the NHL Alumni Showdown if it took place this week, there's another longtime Red Wings player who fans were hoping to see again.
That player is current Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman.
"I'm going to get Drapes to twist his arm and Cheli (Chris Chelios) to twist his arm," Wings general manager Ken Holland said at the NHL Winter Classic press conference at Comerica Park. "Obviously, we want him to play. He's always said no in the past, but let's see how our arm-twisting does."
Draper said he planned to work on Yzerman, but it looks like it won't be an easy sell.
Through the Lightning, Yzerman released a statement about his intentions for the event.
"It will be a fantastic event with two great organizations at a storied venue," Yzerman said. "The perfect location and matchup, this is wonderful for the NHL.
"At this time, I don't plan on participating in the a...