Embed from Getty Images A report broke Sunday morning that former Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland appears to be headed to the Edmonton Oilers. Promoted to senior vice president last month when the Red Wings tabbed Steve Yzerman to be their general manager. Holland leaves good and bad in Detroit.
Ken Holland could be introduced as early as Tuesday in Edmonton. Holland has spent 36 years in Detroit with the Red Wings organization. The last 22 as general manager. Ken put together three Stanley Cup Championship teams, 10 division titles and four Presidents’ Trophies during his tenure.
No one in the Red Wings or Oilers organization was available for comment. The deal is reportedly five years at $5 million per year. Edmonton has missed the NHL playoffs 12 of the last 13 seasons. The Oilers have a generational player in Connor McDavid who is being wasted by the Oilers lack of ability to surround him with a good supporting cast.
For all the good things Ken Holland did, he also did a good amount of damage in Motown. Handing out bad contracts and driving the salary cap for an owner who demanded it.
Steve Yzerman inherits a team with a solid young core and top prospects to complete the teams rebuild. His first order of business may be to purge the Red Wings roster of older players on bad contracts while infusing young players and top free agents.
Holland, meanwhile has his work cut out for him in Edmonton. For all the flack Red Wings fans have given him, Holland did brings championships to Detroit. He played a large part in Keeping the Wings 25 year playoff streak alive. That should not be forgotten by Detroit hockey fans.
Fans who in the end get what they wanted most. Moving from one good general manager to a great general manager.