Sunday, May 5, 2019

Oilers Offer Former Vernon Viking Holland Five-Year Contract:

Former Vernon Vikings goaltender Ken Holland's time with the Red Wings might be coming to a close. Sportsnet’s Mark Spector reported on Friday that the club is all-in on acquiring the longtime GM of the Detroit Red Wings.

April 19th 2019 the Detroit Red Wings named former forward-captain Steve Yzerman the teams new General Manager while naming current Red Wings General Manager Ken Holland the teams new senior Vice President.

Holland is in his thirty third season with the Detroit Red Wings. Holland started as a scout with the 1985-86 Red Wings worked his way up to the team's General Manager/Ex. VP of hockey Operations.

Holland played one season in Vernon with the 1973-74 Vernon Vikings. 

Holland was drafted 188th overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs in Round 12 of the 1975 NHL draft. Holland played in just four games with the Hartford Whalers & Detroit Red Wings before retiring from hockey and joining the Red Wings as a scout.

Ken Holland's Player Profile:

This is posted on

Red Wings' Holland mulling move to become Oilers GM

Ted Kulfan, The Detroit News Published May 4, 2019

Detroit — Ken Holland’s time with the Red Wings might be coming to a close.

Holland, who was replaced by Steve Yzerman as the organization’s general manager last month — Holland was promoted to senior vice-president — could be headed to the Edmonton Oilers.

Elliotte Friedman, analyst on Hockey Night in Canada, reported Saturday Holland is mulling a five-year contract worth $25 million from the Oilers to become Edmonton’s general manager.

A final decision from Holland is expected within the next couple days.

Holland, 63, has spent the last 36 years in the Wings’ organization — the past 22 years as the general manager, with the Red Wings winning three Stanley Cups during that span.

The biggest issue between Holland and the Oilers, according to several reports out of Edmonton, has been whether Holland would have complete autonomy to hire and fire as he sees fit.

Holland appears to have received that control from Oilers chief executive officer Bob Nicholson.

Holland received a multi-year contract last month along with the promotion, after Yzerman was brought in.

But the ability to be a general manager, and have a generational talent in Edmonton like Connor McDavid, could direct Holland toward the Oilers.

This is posted on

Ken Holland expected to make Oilers decision soon

Emily Sadler @EmmySadler May 4, 2019, 10:22 PM 

The Edmonton Oilers could soon have an answer to the question of who their next general manager will be.

Sportsnet’s Mark Spector reported on Friday that the club is all-in on acquiring the longtime GM of the

The Oilers job is Holland’s if he wants it, and it looks like he’s close to making up his mind.

“I think we’re going to find out one way or the other over the next 24 to 48 hours, it’s expected that he’s going to make his final decision,” Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman said on Hockey Night in Canada Saturday night. “They’ve got a big offer on the table, rumoured to be five [years] times five [million].”

“Everything’s there for Ken Holland, including autonomy in all hockey matters,” noted Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos. “But like in anything else, it’s a family decision and that’s ultimately what he needs to decide on.”

Holland would bring more than three decades worth of front-office experience to Edmonton should he accept. The 2018-19 campaign was his 36th with the Red Wings and in 22 years as GM of the club, Holland led Detroit to 13 seasons with 100-plus points, four Presidents’ Trophies, and three Stanley Cups.

Edmonton has had a vacancy at GM since Jan. 23 when Peter Chiarelli was fired. CEO Bob Nicholson named Keith Gretzky as interim GM at the time, and vowed he would take his time in his search for the right person to take the team to the next level. 

Gretzky, Mark Hunter, and Sean Burke have also been reported to be leading candidates for the job over the course of Nicholson’s search.

No comments: