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The Future Of Ken Holland

from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News,

So what does Holland do now? Well, the next calendar year will almost certainly tell the tale. If he is still the Red Wings’ senior vice-president after the summer of 2020, you can probably count on him being a Red Wing for life. He’ll be close to 65 years old, he’ll have been out of the game for a year, the Seattle expansion team will have chosen its GM and the ship out of Detroit will have sailed.

Another thing that will almost certainly dictate whether Holland stays in Detroit or goes somewhere else is how much Yzerman leans on Holland, how much he makes Holland part of the decision-making process and how engaged and invested Holland feels in the future of the Red Wings. He’s 63 years old now and has made more money that he’ll ever need, but a guy who has been the key decision maker for almost a quarter of a century will have some adjusting to do here. But if he’s nothing more than a figurehead, that won’t work.

If playing golf, going to his summer home in Vernon, spending time with his grandchildren, seeing the world with his wife and having a peripheral management involvement with the only organization for which he’s ever worked is enough, Holland will stick around. If he gets antsy and needs to run a hockey department again, and there’s a team out there who will hire him on his terms, then there’s a chance Holland will pick up and go elsewhere.

But the thing is, nobody knows what the future holds because Holland doesn’t even know himself.

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dougie's avatar

Buh-bye, Felicia! It feels so good to be able to say that. Whatever the future brings for the Wings, I will have faith that decisions regarding the path forward will be charted by someone I have faith in.

It’s one thing to watch bad hockey, during a rebuild. It’s another to watch bad hockey for years and years, with no appearance of a ration plan to change the situation.

It was indeed a Good Friday!

Posted by dougie on 04/22/19 at 06:00 PM ET

bigfrog's avatar

Hard to say what Holland will do. Flip a coin. smile

Posted by bigfrog on 04/22/19 at 07:51 PM ET

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It really doesn’t matter at this point as.to KH future. Sure it’s easy to speculate that businesses hide their mistakes by promoting said person and give them duties cannot further harm the organization. To dismiss KH as a complete failure is wrong and totally unfair. Has he made mistakes, absolutely, but who hasn’t. I believe more recently, long contracts and signings were motivated more to keep the winning streak alive and the betterment of the team would result through free agency and some drafting(being able to pick up players such as Datsyuk, in later picks), unfortunately this takes an exceptional scouting to recognize talent. Personally I think KH will most likely leave with expansion.

Posted by stateofmifan on 04/23/19 at 01:07 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Tick Tock was a GM for a long time because it allowed him to stay close to the game.  That SEA GM hunt just got more interesting.

Posted by SYF from Jackie Redmond's blue eyes on 04/23/19 at 01:40 PM ET

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To dismiss KH as a complete failure is wrong and totally unfair. Has he made mistakes, absolutely, but who hasn’t.

Ryan Callahan…...

I believe more recently, long contracts and signings were motivated more to keep the winning streak alive and the betterment of the team would result through free agency…..

I’ve said this a few times too. I’m glad someone else sees some positive in treating people well as a motivation form. It seems too many people have been raised on “tough love” which only results in isolated, disgruntled people. Too much stick is harmful and creates a cycle of abuse.

Sadly, the counter point is no free agents signed with Detroit who made an immediate difference. If someone like Karlsson signs with Detroit under Yzerman fans around here will only give credit to Stevie and not understand it is the foundation the Kenny laid that had a large impact on that signing too.

Posted by howeandhowe from Seattle on 04/23/19 at 02:19 PM ET

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