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“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.
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.
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.”
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.
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…
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.”
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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…
Listen to the interview with Sean Baligian and Ryan Terpstra of WMAX-FM Grand Rapids.
“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.
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)
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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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.”
“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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.”
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.”
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.
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.”
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
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.
Detroit Red Wings GM Ken Holland will be the guest on the NHL Hour today, hosted by NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman. The show is on from 4-5 p.m. ET today on XM Satellite Radio (Channel 204) and NHL.com. NHL Hour is an interactive talk radio show that is hosted by a rotation of League executives, and co-hosted by XM sports host and former NHL player Bill Clement.
At show time, you can listen live by going to the NHL Network Online, then on the “NHL Livewire” link in the left column, and the show will then be accessible in the right column.
* While on the air, listeners can call into the show at 1-877-645-6696, or send questions/comments via this email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
**Archived shows available for download via a podcast on NHL.com.
A short Q&A session with the media, talking with Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock and GM Ken Holland.
Q. What sort of lessons do you take from being at this point last season as you enter this series?
COACH MIKE BABCOCK: Well, I think the big thing is I’ve been really fortunate to be here. This is my third time in five years, and it’s the best time of year. It’s a lot of fun. You want to prepare as hard as you can and get your team ready to go.
From Jamie Samuelsen at the Detroit Free Press,
The Red Wings are halfway to a Stanley Cup. While there are many candidates, who’s your Red Wings playoff MVP?
Ken Holland. Seriously, before we get to the question, let’s give the Wings GM a little round of applause here. Talk about Mission: Impossible.
Ken, here’s your job. Take a team full of veterans and full of huge salaries and pare it down to fit in the new financial limitations of the NHL. And while you’re doing this, we’d really appreciate it if you could still contend for Stanley Cups and develop world class stars that the fans can root for. No pressure or anything. Thanks Kenny. Good luck. I’m sure all championships are satisfying and if the Wings win, Holland would say that this ranks right up there with the other rings. But down deep, I’ll bet you that this one will be a little more special. 1997 was great and 1998 was emotional because of the limousine accident. But Holland would have to, in an honest moment, tell himself that this was his best work.
Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland says he’s prepared to make a big deal, but the price will have to be right.
“Would we like to do a big move? Sure, I think everybody would like to do a big move,” Holland told TSN. “But at what cost?”
Holland said it’s a matter of risk and reward.
“Last year we brought in Todd Bertuzzi and paid a fairly significant price in Shawn Matthias, a real good prospect,” Holland said. “I don’t know if we are prepared to do that every year.
“We might do that this year, we might not. We’ll see in the next four days.”
Today, the NHL hosted a press teleconference call featuring four general managers of the NHL. They can be heard on the audio player below, or downloaded here. Please have patience with loading or downloading, as it’s a very large mp3 file.
Each Q&A session is roughly 15 minutes each, and are featured in this order:
- Ken Holland—Detroit Red Wings
- Paul Holmgren—Philadelphia Flyers
- Don Waddell—Atlanta Thrashers
- Brian Burke—Anaheim Ducks
note1: the Burke audio is extremely low due to technical issues.
note2: a printed transcript will be added below as soon as it’s available
Update 2:59pm ET: At the Globe & Mail, Eric Duhatschek provides some analysis of the commentary in this press conference.
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from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News,
You don’t think Sam Pollock or Frank Selke or Jack Adams would have won Cups if they had changed teams? Does that mean Lou Lamoriello or Holland would suddenly lose their ability to build a winner if they changed organizations?
Of course it doesn’t, which is why if the Maple Leafs search committee doesn’t do everything it possibly can to get permission to speak with Ken Holland, then hire him if they do, then they are simply abdicating their responsibility and doing the organization a complete disservice.
That’s because Holland is the best GM in the NHL, period. That’s why the Detroit Red Wings have won three Stanley Cups and are a perennial contender regardless of the financial landscape of the league. There’s absolutely no reason to believe he wouldn’t bring those same attributes to Toronto if he were hired.
from the Toronto Sun,
Holland heard all of the predictions that his team would be in for a freefall once the salary cap era started. Now, with his Wings vying for first overall in the league, he can have the last laugh.
“Every team in the league has 60-70% of the cap tied up in eight or nine core players,” he said. “It was that way before the cap. That makes it even more important to find ways to fill out your roster.”
Holland has done a masterful job to that end. Free-agent pickup Daniel Cleary, on pace for a 20-plus goal campaign, has a salary of $650,000 this season. Chris Osgood, who is among the league leaders in goals-against average and save percentage, recently signed an extension for a hometown discount of $1.41 million per season. And ageless Chris Chelios, a priceless team leader, earns an economical $1.15 million.
much more on Holland and the Wings… Also, don’t forget that Zetterberg will be making $2.9M for next season, and that may be the bargain of the year.
from Jim Kelley at Sportsnet,
My target: Ken Holland, the general manager of the Detroit Red Wings. There are others and some of the unencumbered mentioned above have their appeal, but if you want the best man in hockey today, it’s Holland. Getting him won’t be easy or cheap, but it’s not exactly mission impossible either.
Start with a subtle overture. Sources have told me that Holland isn’t put off by the challenge of rescuing the most poorly run rich franchise in the National Hockey League. He’s not afraid of the demands of the legion of long-suffering fans or the oft-times hostile and over-abundant media.
A few nights ago, Fan590 radio in Toronto reported that the Leafs did contact Ilitch about 6 weeks ago for approval to talk with Holland and Jim Nill, their request was turned down.
from Pierre LeBrun of the CP via Yahoo,
“For me, I’m scared coming to the rink every day,” said Wings general manager Ken Holland. “I’m already worried about Thursday night in Calgary. I’ve been living like that for three years.”
Scared? Worried? But Ken, the Wings are leading the Western Conference and riding a six-game win streak.
“We’ve found a lot of ways to win by a goal,” he told The Canadian Press on Wednesday.
Holland may not want the attention, but the way in which the Red Wings continue to win merits a closer look.