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Anyone Want To Read Between The Lines Regarding Ken Holland?

02/06/2019 at 1:45pm EST

from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of NHL.com,

What happens in the offseason remains to be seen. The Red Wings (21-25-7) are 27th in the NHL standings and likely will miss the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the third straight season.

Whatever happens, though, Holland wants to have set the foundation for their next run.

"I've got a year to go on my contract," Holland said Tuesday. "Obviously there's lots of rumors, and there's things swirling out there. We'll see what the summer brings.

"I love the job. I still believe I've got lots of energy. And I guess I would say to you, as I go forward, you never want to stay …"

He didn't finish the sentence.

Later, he said: "I've got to make sure that I do what's right. I don't know what the future's going to bring. I don't want to overstay. You never want to overstay.

"I used to crack jokes that when [defenseman Nicklas] Lidstrom was gone, I was going out the door with Lidstrom. It was a little bit tongue-in-cheek, but it was also about how important Lidstrom was to the team. He left in 2012. It's 2019 here, and I'm still here. I've overseen a rebuild."

To put those comments in context, Holland has had a dream job with the Red Wings. He has spent most of his adult life working for them, has enjoyed incredible success with them and is loyal to them because of it.

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