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A Dedicated Man Leaves For Edmonton

from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of NHL.com,

Ken Holland had two passions: working for the Detroit Red Wings and being an NHL general manager. He knew the day was coming when he would have to choose between them.

He made the hard choice when he left the Red Wings to become GM of the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday. Time will tell if it was the right one for him and his new team.

The easy choice would have been to stay in Detroit. Holland loved the Red Wings. He spent most of his adult life working for them, rising from western Canada scout to GM, helping to build the most successful team of its time.

He's loyal. He stepped aside so the Red Wings could replace him with Steve Yzerman on April 19, because he felt it was the right thing to do for the organization. Had he wanted to, he could have stayed in his new role as senior vice president indefinitely, a Red Wing for life.

"It's tough," he said at his introductory press conference in Edmonton on Tuesday. "I'm 63 years old, and I've been a Red Wing for 36 years."

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Ken Holland Named General Manager And President of Hockey Operations For The Edmonton Oilers

via the Edmonton Oilers,

Oilers Entertainment Group (OEG) announced today the hiring of Ken Holland as General Manager and President of Hockey Operations of the Edmonton Oilers.

In this role, Holland will oversee all hockey operations for the Edmonton Oilers with full autonomy, reporting directly to OEG CEO Bob Nicholson.

“The Edmonton Oilers are excited to welcome Ken Holland to the organization,” said Nicholson. “Ken’s experience as a hockey executive and NHL general manager is unmatched, and his arrival is an important step to the Oilers achieving the success we all want for the team. I look forward to working with Ken and he will have full autonomy over all aspects of hockey operations for the Edmonton Oilers.”

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Live Stream- Major Announcement From The Edmonton Oilers

Ken Holland will be introduced as the new GM of the Edmonton Oilers.

Anything else?  Watch below to find out.

Scheduled to begin at noon ET.

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Video- Exactly What The Edmonton Oilers Needed

via the YouTube page of TSN,

The Oilers did what they said they were going to do and they took their time finding the right person to fill their general manager vacancy. The hiring of Ken Holland came over three months since the firing of Peter Chiarelli, but was it worth the wait for Edmonton? Gino Reda, Bob McKenzie and Craig Button debate and weigh in on who could fill the open head coaching position.

 

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Ken Holland To Vancouver?

from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

The Vancouver Canucks might be headed for a five-day break but the Monday morning musings and meditations on the world of sports never rests.

• The media, like nature, abhors a vacuum and the longer Jim Benning’s contractual situation goes unresolved, the louder the conjecture will grow about his future.

As of this writing, the most popular scenario is Detroit GM Ken Holland, who’s also on the last year of his deal, moving to Vancouver as the hockey overlord in a restructured organization. That would leave a role for Benning in player personnel. It would also add that thing which has been missing from the Canucks’ front office since Trevor Linden and Benning were hired: the experienced voice of an executive with championship experience.

Now, we can argue the relative merits of this move from now until doomsday but if the Canucks continue to hover around 28th-place in the NHL change would appear to be inevitable. This has become less about the plan and more about consumer confidence in the brand. Bringing in Holland would go a long way toward calming the masses.

The problem — and this wouldn’t be a Canucks’ story if there wasn’t  a problem — is the native of Vernon might be at the top of the wish list for the new Seattle franchise. But barring a dramatic turnaround in the next couple of months, it appears the status quo is no longer an option for the Canucks.

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Crosby still wows at 1,000

From USA Today's Kevin Allen:

The most impressive aspect of Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby approaching 1,000 career points is that we may not have seen his best work.

Pittsburgh general manager Jim Rutherford said he believes Crosby, with 998 points in 753 games going into Thursday’s game against the Colorado Avalanche, is still finding ways to refine his game.

“I don’t know if there is any other athlete in the world who is more prepared to be successful,” Rutherford said. “It started at a young age, and it has never dropped off. And it never will.”

At 29 years, 185 days through Wednesday, Crosby is in position to become the 12th youngest to reach 1,000 points. He would also rank 12th fastest with 753 games entering Thursday's meeting.

Nobody has done it faster since Jaromir Jagr reached 1,000 points in 2000, not long before Jagr’s 29th birthday.

“(Crosby's) at a level all by himself right now,” Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said. “Can he take it to another level? I wouldn’t put it past him.”

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SI’s Farber profiles Mike Babcock

Sports Illustrated's Michael Farber tells quite the gritty tale as to how Mike Babcock went from working in a slaughterhouse to working for the Toronto Maple Leafs, and I'll spare you the gore...

Theoretically, this is the perfect marriage. After last season Babcock was a free agent with a gilt-edged résumé—10 straight playoff appearances with Detroit, a Stanley Cup (in 2008 with the Red Wings), two losses in seven-game finals (’03 with Anaheim, ’09 with Detroit) and Olympic gold with Team Canada in ’10 and ’14. Toronto was seeking a credible coach. After turning down a five-year, $20 million extension from Detroit and an offer by potential-rich Buffalo that essentially mirrored the one from Toronto, he cashed the golden ticket—$50 million over eight years. Six-point-two-five average. First-line money, and more than double the salary of Joel Quenneville, whose Blackhawks have won three Cups in six years. Says Red Wings GM Ken Holland, “Babs won the lottery.”

Why Toronto? Consider a theory. You know how the NHL suspends a player for one game in the playoffs for an offense that would have cost him two during the year because of the postseason’s relative importance? Well, there’s also Stanley Cup math. One Cup in Toronto would be exponentially greater than two or three elsewhere (e.g., 1994 New York Rangers 54-year drought). So an ambitious coach in Toronto gets a two-for-one deal: Win a Cup, get a statue. “I couldn’t see leaving Detroit for someplace other than an Original Six team, but I wanted to try something new,” Babcock says. “The hockey market, let’s be honest, it’s been a coach’s graveyard. Why would I be naive enough to think I could be different? I guess I just am. [We have to] be patient. Get good things going. Not deviate from the plan. Set ourselves up for a 10-year run. It’s probably going to take us three years to get that run set up.” When Babcock was introduced on May 20 in a press conference televised across Canada, he memorably cautioned, “If you think there’s no pain coming ... there’s pain coming.”

But this comment from Henrik Zettererg is very telling for Wings fans...

Playing for Babcock takes a toll; this coach accepts only exact change. “It was time. I think Mike felt that, and [the players] felt that,” Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg says. “The way he locked on things. The criticism. Hockey was 24/7 for him, and he demanded that of his players.” Zetterberg volunteers that he never thought this in 2008, of course, when Babcock was coaching Detroit to the Cup. “He’ll straighten things out in Toronto, no doubt, because he’ll structure ’em up.”

And Farber continues...

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Hockey Canada to announce World Cup of Hockey management team on Monday

Per Sportsnet's John Shannon, Hockey Canada is going for an ecclectic mix of "old and new" to helm Canada's 2016 World Cup team:

St. Louis Blues general manager Doug Armstrong will lead Canada’s management team for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, reports John Shannon.

Hockey Canada will announce on Monday that Armstrong will serve as GM and have fellow NHL front office personnel Ken Holland, Marc Bergevin and Rob Blake on his staff, according to Shannon.

Holland and Bergevin currently work as GMs for the Red Wings and Canadiens, respectively. Blake is an assistant GM with the Kings.

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Video- Being A GM

Tonight Sportsnet showed this segment during their pre-game and although it was probably recorded earlier this week it is still worth the watch especially if you are a Blues or Wings fan.

Blues GM Doug Armstrong and Red Wings GM Ken Holland sit down with George Stroumboulopoulos to talk about the craft of being a general manager.

 

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Simmons talks advanced stats—positively—and offers Sunday observations

To his credit, the Toronto Sun's Steve Simmons' weekly notebook includes exactly one mention of the "advanced stats" community, and it's one that voices a thought many of us have considered since Extraskater.com went "offline"...

When the analytics website @extraskater disappeared on Friday, my assumption was that creater Darryl Metcalf had been hired by an NHL team

(or the NHL itself, given that its new "terms of service" all but ban the kind of activity Extra Skater and Behind the Net engage in)

And Simmons issues a pretty dang solid set of NHL-related tidbits and observations:

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Matheson weighs in on Babcock, Ovechkin, PK’s payday, Caps GM talk and top prospects

I kind of "stole" the prime quotes from the Edmonton Journal's Jim Matheson's main Hockey World column for my Malik Report overnight entry, but I smiled broadly and nearly laughed out loud form the Blog Cave while reading Holland tell Matheson the same dang thing--almost word for word--that Babcock's been repeating to journalists and radio talk show hosts who can't or won't believe that Babcock will remain with Detroit when he can coach anywhere he wants after his contract's up a summer from now:

“I don’t believe the grass is greener on the other side of the fence … I believe he’s happy in Detroit, but there are options,” said Holland, whose contract is also up next July, but will certainly get a new one from owner Mike Ilitch.

Holland has got the Red Wings into the playoffs in each of his 17 seasons. There were three Stanley Cup championships in 1998, 2002 and 2008, plus a Game 7 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2009.

Late-season rallies were required to keep a 23-year playoff streak alive while the Red Wings integrated lots of young players — Gustav Nyquist, Riley Sheahan, Tomas Tatar, Tomas Jurko, Danny DeKeyser — into the lineup each of the last two years.

“Two years ago, we won our last four games to get into the playoffs. This year, we got in again (despite a terrible run of injuries),” said Holland. “Mike’s a tremendous coach, if not the best coach in the league, then one of the best.”

Matheson's main column focuses on Babcock and Holland, but he also included this nugget of wisdom from Ottawa Senators assistant coach Perry Pern (regarding Barry Trotz's attempts to get Alex Ovechkin to "buy in" to playing defense, as Matheson addressed in a Sunday afternoon column):

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Matheson handicaps awards races, says Oilers should retire #94, Jets should trade Kane

The Edmonton Journal's Jim Matheson kicked off his last regular-season slate of Hockey World columns with individual awards picks, and his pick for the Vezina Trophy is a surprising one:

Vezina Trophy (top goalie)

1. Semyon Varlamov, Colorado.

2. Tuukka Rask, Boston

3. Ben Bishop, Tampa Bay

Had off-ice issues this year which weighed on him but very consistent work. Rask is best Finnish goalie right now, and they’ve got a full stable of good ones around the NHL. Bishop, nursing sore wrist as playoffs loom, is a six-foot-seven giant and a workhorse.

Matheson continues, making a plea to the Oilers to retire Ryan Smyth's number...

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Friedman’s 30 thoughts: on 3 on 3 OT, Bobby Ryan, Bryzgalov, fighting and more

The CBC's Elliotte Friedman's graced our Monday evening with a  "30 Thoughts" column. He begins with the P's and Q's of a shootout spin-o-rama (see: Mason Raymond) vs. ettiquette (If you "snow" a goalie, should that be a penalty? And the Globe and Mail offers a superb visual explanation of what constitutes an "illegal" shootout move), and he continues from there.

Among his thoughts:

1. Looked a little bit into Ken Holland's overtime suggestion: four minutes of four-on-four, followed by four minutes of three-on-three if still tied. Then a shootout if necessary. I love the idea, which was tried at the Traverse City rookie tournament the Red Wings host. One of the reasons against it is the league doesn't want longer games.

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Afternoon Line

“We don’t have as many holes as some people think.  I attribute that to the development of Brendan Smith. You’re not going to replace Nicklas Lidstrom. He’s going to be replaced by all defensemen picking it up. Brad Stuart is a loss. I look at the addition of Kyle Quincey, the development of Brendan Smith, Jonathan Ericsson. We got Nik Kronwall, Jakub Kindl is 25, Ian White had a good year. We don’t have big names, but we have good players. Jonathan Ericsson is developing into a shut-down defenseman.”

-Ken Holland, GM of the Detroit Red Wings.  More from Holland by Chuck Pleiness at Red Wings Front.

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Holland Points To The Heart

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

Ken Holland is poking my colleague Jim Matheson in the chest, just below left collarbone. And he keeps poking him: “This is what’s important. Right here,” he says, tap, tap, tapping, without ever uttering the word, “heart.”...

“In 2001 when we lost to L.A. (in the first round), there were some people saying, ‘The Red Wings run is over.’ We’re too old,” said Holland, the Wings’ GM for 13 seasons now. “We’re just about in 2011, 10 years later, and we’re having the same conversation.”

It’s a conversation that should have Toronto listening. Calgary might want to hang around for this chat too. Edmonton, no doubt.

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All Ken Holland And Steve Yzerman

from NHL.com,

What is your philosophy to building a successful franchise?

Holland: “Stability. We’ve had the luxury of stability at the ownership level, management level, scouting level and coaching level. Also, in the time I spent with Scotty Bowman, I saw how he valued veteran players. We’ve continued to move our kids slowly and have always had a veteran presence, which has worked for us.”

Yzerman: “You try to bring in the best possible people in all positions, whether they’re players, managers or coaches. I want good people, passionate people, hard-working people and people who know the game. You want players who have skill, who compete hard and are intelligent.”

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Afternoon Line

Ken Holland is terrific, wonderful man. Ken is considered the best GM in the game. He certainly has been the most successful since he took over the Wings. Although he downplays his personal success he does attribute his team’s success to passion. He is passionate about hockey and only looks for people who feel the same way. Talking to Ken about the Red Wings it occurred to me that the Red Wings brain trust are totally immersed in the game. They watch hockey all the time. When they aren’t watching it they are talking about it. When they aren’t doing the previous mentioned things they are teaching hockey to minor hockey coaches and players-PASSION.

-Drew-Remenda of Sharks.com.  More from Drew on a topic you must click to read.

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Wings Will Wait A Few Days Before Looking At UFAs

Ken Holland was on Fan590 today and discussed numerous topics.  Wings need to sign a defenseman and a forward. 

Holland addressed the Modano question too, stating it has to be a fit.  He also addressed RFA signings and other topics.

Listen here, interview lasts about five minutes…

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Wings Extend Ken Holland And Jim Nill

from John Hahn of DetroitRedWings.com,

The Red Wings announced today that the team has signed executive vice president and general manager Ken Holland, and vice president and assistant general manager Jim Nill to five-year contract extensions.

“Kenny and Jim have been the core of our front office for well over a decade and cornerstone to this franchise’s success,” Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch said. “Marian and I feel strongly that stability is key to success for any organization and having these new agreements in place with these two top-notch NHL executives is important to the Red Wings’ organization and its future. They are committed professionals and outstanding individuals, and we have great respect for their respective talents. We’re pleased they will continue to lead our hockey club for the next five years.”

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Evening Line

Over the next 10 years, more and more people across the country are going to start realizing what a great product we have.  I don’t think we’re going to unseat anybody. But you are going to see our fan base continue to grow in this country.”

-Ken Holland, General Manager of the Detroit Red Wings.  More on our game from Chris McCosky of the Detroit News.

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Lightning GM Shopping List & An Extension For Holland

from Darren Dreger of TSN,

Sources close to the Tampa Bay Lightning say Dave Nonis, Steve Yzerman and Doug Risebrough are believed to be high on new Lightning owner Jeff Vinik’s short list of potential GMs.

Sources say the Red Wings have granted permission for Tampa Bay to speak with Yzerman, currently a vice president in Detroit.

Yzerman won’t comment on the possibility, although his interest in making the move now may be amplified by the fact Detroit will soon announce Ken Holland’s contract extension as executive vice president and general manager.

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Holland Delivers A Message

via Chris McCosky of the Detroit News,

When I asked general manager Ken Holland if he wanted to comment about the controversial shootout goal in Dallas Saturday, he politely declined.

But between the first and second periods Sunday, he cornered an NHL official at the end of the press box and let his feelings be known very clearly. It was an animated, in-your-face, mostly one-sided discussion. Holland was talking and the NHL guy was listening.

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Morning Line

“Certainly, Chicago—they have some difficult decisions, but you know what? They have an awesome hockey team this year.”

-Red Wings GM Ken Holland talking about the Chicago salary situation.  More on this topic from Craig Custance of the Sporting News.

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Levels Of Change

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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Holland Talks From Traverse City

The Wings boss joins Hockeycentral to talk about the off season moves his club made, as well as an early prognosis for the upcoming season.

listen to the interview at Fan590…

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Holland Talks Hudler & The Upcoming Season

Listen to the interview with Sean Baligian and Ryan Terpstra of WMAX-FM Grand Rapids.

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Afternoon Line

“We want to go to camp and have competition for jobs. That’s going to be sorted out in training camp. If we get good luck with injuries, I believe we’ve got the potential of having a team that can contend with any team in our division and compete for the West(ern Conference).”

-Wings GM Ken Holland.  More on the Wings from Bruce MacLeod of Red Wings Corner.

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Holland Talks Wings

from Fan590,

The GM of the Red Wings chats with Daren Millard and Mike Brophy on Hockey Central on the eve of game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals as the Wings will look to repeat as champions.

click to listen (10 minute interview)

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Holland Talks Wings After Game 5

from The Hockey News,

Host Ken Campbell and Detroit Red Wings GM Ken Holland discuss… Proving the critics wrong… The improved penalty kill of the Red Wings… The skill and will to win… And what Detroit has to do to close the series out in Pittsburgh.

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A Look At Ken Holland

from Shawn Windsor of the Detroit Free Press,

It is, he said, “an unreal life. A dream life. I can remember when I was 12, 13, 14, we had this garage. I don’t know what you call it—you drive in, it had pillars.”

A carport?

“Yeah, a carport. And it was yellow. I would sit out there by the hours. I had 10-15 tennis balls, just slapping them. My mom would scream from the window because every time I missed the net, there was the tennis ball mark.

“My mom would go out—probably she should’ve sent me to clean it—but my mom was an eager beaver. She loved to clean. She’d be wiping down all these tennis ball marks. Next day I’m out there pounding tennis balls, and I’m pretending I’m this one ... I’m that one, and all of sudden you wake up one day and you’ve spent your whole career in hockey.”

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Holland Talks

Red Wings GM Ken Holland joined Scott Laughlin of Hockey This Morning on NHL Home Ice XM 204/Sirius 208 and spoke about signing Henrik Zetterberg to a 12-year contract and the controversy of Pavel Datsyuk and Nicklas Lidstrom missing All-Star weekend.

Listen here...

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Holland Always Thinking Ahead

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Keeping everyone happy could get problematic for Holland down the road, but it is a challenge that every GM around the league faces. The primary goal will be to avoid expensive mistakes – the kinds of contracts that can’t be traded, almost the moment the ink dries on the document.

The quality that sets Holland apart from the rank-and-file NHL general manager is that he’s thinking a little faster and a little farther out than others in his peer group. At the moment, you cannot find one contract on his list that looks bad in hindsight – even the deals he awarded to his supplementary players, such as Kris Draper or Kirk Maltby.

“Players only get so many years to make their money,” said Holland. “You want to make sure they feel good about their contracts and they feel good when they walk into the locker room. What we’ve been able to do since I became the general manager in 1997 and started with Steve (Yzerman). There were other people in the league making more than Steve. Steve wanted to take less so he could be surrounded by teammates.

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Holland was also on the Fan590 about an hour ago, talking the Zetterberg contract and how he will deal with future signings.  Listen here...

added 8:06pm, from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

...by getting Zetterberg to sign on for the long haul without breaking the bank, Holland has once again positioned himself to keep the Red Wings in the hunt—today, tomorrow and beyond.

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Neutral Site SCF

from Mark Hermann of Newsday,

The idea of holding the first two games of the Stanley Cup Finals at a neutral site is quite interesting. Ludicrous, but interesting.

Red Wings general manager Ken Holland is planning to propose just that at the general managers’ meeting in March, according to broadcaster Pierre McGuire in his Sports Illustrated “In the Crease” feature last week. Holland reportedly was inspired by the Winter Classic at Wrigley Field, where his team beat the Blackhawks.

A crowd of 40,000 and immense national publicity will make a person dream big. The thought in this case is to create a Super Bowl-like atmosphere. Holland and some commentators believe it would be great (and profitable) to make the finals a destination for the intense hockey fan and a magnet for the moderate or non-hockey fan.

continued and here is the McGuire piece in Sports Illustrated.

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Morning Line

“In effect, our cap is tied to the economy.”  Obviously, the longer you wait, the better you feel for getting the economy (turned around). I’m not an economist, but it’s hard to believe the economy is going to turn around in three, four, five months.

“Whatever challenges all teams are facing today, I’m sure those challenges will be facing them July 1 (when free agency begins). If you’re making decisions, you’re just guessing right now. I’m no different. It’s got to be affecting every walk of life. It’s no different in ours.

“I still want to sign some people, but I can’t tell you what the cap’s going to be in a year and a half. I don’t know what’s going on in our industry in a month.”

-Wings GM Ken Holland.  More on the Wings from Dave Dye of the Detroit News.

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Decisions to Make

From Ken Campbell at The Hockey News:

So you’re Detroit GM Ken Holland…you’ve got Henrik Zetterberg, Johan Franzen and Marian Hossa coming up to unrestricted free agency. You’ve already committed $37.5 million to next year’s cap on two goalies, seven defensemen and seven forwards. You have a sense of loyalty to Zetterberg and Franzen, but all three are playing like they deserve big, fat new contracts.

Hossa is on pace for 100-plus points and is not only leading your team in scoring, but he’s playing both ends of the ice and has fit into the program seamlessly. You’ve crunched the numbers every possible way and you know there’s no way you can sign all three and keep your team intact.

read on for more executive decisions to be made around the NHL

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Red Wings Talk

Ken Holland and Mike Babcock participated in an NHL tele-conference today…

Q.  I was just wondering, could you update us on your roster moves, how you’re getting down to the 23, beyond putting Aaron (Downey) on waivers, please?

KEN HOLLAND: Well, today we assigned Ville Leino to Grand Rapids; we assigned Jonathan Ericsson to Grand Rapids; we assigned Darren Helm to Grand Rapids. We’ve informed Aaron Downey that he’s been put on waivers, and we will readdress his situation tomorrow. And it appears that Jimmy Howard, Darren McCarty and Chris Chelios will all start the year on injured reserve.

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All These Guys Do is Golf

from David Pollak of Working the Corners,

Doug Wilson, Ken Holland, Dale Tallon and Doug Armstrong have spent a lot of time in recent years trying to outsmart each other. We’re talking about three NHL general managers — Wilson with the Sharks, Holland with the Red Wings, Tallon with the Blackhawks — and Armstrong, an ex-GM in Dallas who is now part of the Blues’ front office.

No matter. The four of them are heading to Ireland next week, leaving families behind to knock a golf ball around some of that country’s fine courses.

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Late Afternoon Line

“When he got to Detroit, we had a lot of talented players,” said Red Wings GM Ken Holland. “He took us from being a talented team to being a championship team. He got (Slava) Fetisov and (Igor) Larionov to come here and he put The Russian Five (Sergei Fedorov, Larionov, Slava Kozlov, Fetisov and Vladimir Konstantinov) together. He’s the one who transformed Steve Yzerman from a great offensive player to a great two-way player.”

more on Bowman from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News...

One of my favorite Scotty moments while with the Wings.

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Stevens, Holland Honored By THN

from Jason Kay of the Hockey News,

Our NHL coach of the year is being recognized for what we believe is an underrated turnaround.

John Stevens’ Flyers went from last overall in the NHL in 2006-07, to sixth in their conference, posting a points improvement of 39.

The only coach who came close to matching the feat in 2007-08 was Washington’s Bruce Boudreau (plus-24). That the Flyers toppled the Capitals in the first round of the playoffs, then upset the No. 1-seeded Canadiens in Round 2, carried significant weight in our decision….

Our executive of the year, Red Wings GM Ken Holland, is quick to reference some of his best decisions have been about team-building…in the front office.

He is surrounded by an elite staff of advisors, including assistant GM Jim Nill, vice-presidents Jimmy Devellano and Steve Yzerman, consultant Scotty Bowman, Euro super-scout Hakan Andersson and an exceptional coach in Mike Babcock.

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Hey Mats, Head To Detroit

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

The Canucks remain hopeful that Mats Sundin will take the two-year, $20 million deal they’ve left on the table. Great spot, Vancouver, but the Canucks aren’t winning the Cup with Sundin, this year or next. If he wants to win, his only real option is to sign with the Red Wings, and take the kind of “championship discount” Marian Hossa accepted ($7.45 million per year). “Marian made it clear that he wanted to be with an elite team,” said one of the 29 NHL general managers who didn’t land the elite right wing. “And right now, it looks like there is only one elite team in the league.”

many more NHL topics…

Ken Holland has stated the Wings are not on Sundin’s radar, just in case you are asking.

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Expect Hossa to Stay in Detroit

From Ken Campbell at The Hockey News,

In a hockey world rife with uncertainty, you can take this one to the bank: if Hossa turns out to be a good fit with the Red Wings, he will be in Detroit beyond next season and for many more to come.

There is absolutely no way Holland makes this deal exclusively with the 2008-09 season in mind. When Holland makes a deal of any magnitude, it must serve two purposes –that is make the Red Wings a better team in the short-term and a better team in the long-term. And there is no way Holland would have made the deal if he hadn’t already figured out there’s a good chance he’ll be able to get Hossa in the fold on a multi-year deal after next season.

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Holland Talks

Ken Holland was on Fan590 in Toronto about 1/2 hour ago and talked about how the Hossa deal came about.  Kenny also mentioned future plans and said the Sundin camp told him yesterday afternoon that they were not interested in the Wings offer, they would be going in a different direction.

listen here...

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Afternoon Line

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

“Their (scouting staff) job is to find players; I’m busy working the floor,” said Holland. He didn’t seem to be working the floor too hard at this stage in a quiet second day of the NHL draft. “You know what? You can’t watch 10 amateur games and have an impact on the draft. You either live it – or you don’t. I can’t help out by watching Guelph play 10 times in a year.”

more on the Wings…

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Holmstrom Having Surgery Today

Noted by Ted Kulfan in his Detroit News blog:

In other news, Holland said Tomas Holmstrom is having surgery Wednesday morning for a sports hernia.

Holland estimates it’ll be six to eight weeks of recuperation, which will make Holmstrom ready for training camp.

More info at MLive.

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Babcock Press Conference Full of Zero Surprises

The AP’s anonymous NHL source knew what he/she was talking about yesterday. This morning’s press conference in Detroit did indeed announce that Mike Babcock has been signed to 3 more years:

Red Wings general manager Ken Holland today announced the team has signed head coach Mike Babcock to a 3-year contract extension.

“Mike has been a huge part in the Red Wings’ success during his time in Detroit,” said Holland.  “We are fortunate to have secured a coach with his work ethic and leadership for another three seasons.”

Press conference can be seen here. Helene St. James of the Free Press states that the deal is believed to be worth $1.5 million per season.

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Decisions in Detroit

From George Sipple at the Free Press,

Red Wings general manager Ken Holland will be on the golf links soon, but he has some business to take care of the next few days. Holland hopes to meet with goaltender Dominik Hasek and forward Dallas Drake to gauge their interest in returning next season before he leaves for Thursday’s NHL awards show in Toronto.

Holland also will talk with defenseman Chris Chelios, who needs to have his injured knee scoped in the off-season.

“I have every intention of coming back,” Chelios said. “It’s never been a money issue, so we’ll figure it out and hopefully we’ll be back in this stall again.”

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Holland At The Top Of His Game

from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

No crowd will ever sing the praises of the winning team’s general manager, as the fans in Joe Louis Arena chanted “Oz-ie” Monday in tribute to goaltender Chris Osgood’s second consecutive shutout in the Stanley Cup final.

If ever a general manager deserved public accolades it’s Detroit’s Ken Holland, who put together a team that takes its dedication to defense as seriously as its dedication to one another.

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Holland’s Philosophy

From Eric Duhatschek at the Globe & Mail,

Holland was talking about a time, back at the 1999 NHL trading deadline, when he and his assistant, Jim Nill “blew out all those draft picks” in deals to acquire, among others, Wendel Clark and Chris Chelios in a bid to win another Stanley Cup. That didn’t work out.

That night, sitting in a sports bar near his house, seeing his picture on every TV screen, Holland said he turned to Nill and said from then on: “we’ve got to draft defencemen because eventually, when (Steve) Yzerman’s too old and (Brendan) Shanahan’s too old and (Sergei) Fedorov’s gone, how do you stay competitive? If you’re in the top five in goals-against in the league every year, you’ve going to be competitive. You have to be, even if you don’t score a lot. So if you look at our drafts the last six or seven years, all we draft are defencemen. We’ve got lots of kids that we think our close to playing.”

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Red Wings Media Transcripts

From Media Day in Detroit, transcripts from the Q&As with the Detroit Red Wings.

  • Nicklas Lidstrom and Chris Osgood
  • Ken Holland and Mike Babcock

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Scouting Played a Role

From the Globe & Mail,

How did these teams end up on hockey’s biggest stage?  In part, super scouting.

A well-used hockey saying goes like this: “Great players make great coaches.”  That’s true.

The corollary: Great scouts make great general managers. (Ask Wings GM Ken Holland.) Take it a step further, and scouts make GMs look good by acquiring the right players either through the draft, trades or signings.

It’s not a secret: Scouting is the life blood of any successful hockey team.

more on the scouting backgrounds of the two finalists

Update 8:11am ET: Dan Rosen at NHL.com has more on team-building on the Pittsburgh side, going back to the Craig Patrick era.

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