The Detroit Red Wings have high expectations for former franchise player Steve Yzerman's return to the Motor City to become the team's general manager. However, one member of the organization could be moving on to greener pastures.
According to Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic, Red Wings senior vice president Ken Holland is contemplating a return as an NHL general manager. Two of the teams of interest for Holland are the Edmonton Oilers and the Seattle expansion team.
But it seems to me like Holland will want to probably resurface at some point as a GM somewhere eventually...— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) May 2, 2019
Holland was promoted to the senior VP role last month, but seems to have developed the itch to build a team again.
The Oilers are in need of a veteran hockey mind to run Edmonton, after the team fired Peter Chiarelli this season. Names that have been linked to the Oilers gig include Keith Gretzky and Mark Hunter. And of course, Seattle ownership wants to get someone like Holland to bring them to similar heights as the Vegas Golden Knights during their inaugural season.
As LeBrun mentions, it could be entirely possible that Holland decides to stay with the Red Wings for the time being.
Holland is one of the more successful GMs in recent history. Ever since taking the job in 1997, the Red Wings have won three Stanley Cups, four President's Trophies, and 10 Division championships.
Expect Edmonton and Seattle to do whatever it takes to convince Holland to run their respective organizations. For now, we play the waiting game.