Time to move on.
It’s a phrase we’ve all heard or perhaps uttered at some point.
For Ken Holland and the Detroit Red Wings it’s time to move on.
For all the present ridiculing he’s taking now people forget Holland was a top NHL gm not too long ago. But, a flawed roster and a bad contract ladened team has tarnished the memory of a once dynamic gm.
He put teams on the ice. Good teams. Great teams. Stanley Cup championship teams.
Then came the salary cap followed by the downfall. For years Holland could go get whoever was need to help the Wings stay at an elite level as owner Mike Illitch encouraged.
But, then the cap came and the fall that was sure to follow through years of bad contracts which have put the team in a tight spot and a sort of cap purgatory.
It’s easy to come down on a guy when the inevitable happens.
I for one am happy. Mr. Holland did a good job. In time angry fans of today will give way to happy gratefulness of a 25 year playoff streak that will be hard to come by again. For all his great achievements it’s simply time for Ken Holland and new Red Wings ownership to part ways.
He is hated in the present. But a big part of Red Wing history.