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The Future Of Ken Holland

04/22/2019 at 5:29pm EDT

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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