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by Paul on 11/30/09 at 12:11 AM ET
from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail (Monday edition),
Ken Holland, general manager of the Detroit Red Wings, the NHL’s most consistently successful team over the past 12 years, says you could argue a culture change that began in the early 1980s when Jim Devellano took over as GM and continued through a couple of regimes until Holland took over in 1997, took as long as 15 years.
“If you’re looking at the change to an elite team, it was probably 10 years,” Holland said. “But if you’re talking about going from what was the worst team in the world, as it was in 1985, to a playoff team, then you could say five years.”
In the case of the Red Wings, Holland said, there were three distinct stages to the change.
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