UPDATED TUESDAY MAY 7, 11 A.M.: Holland was officially introduced as the Oilers’ GM Tuesday morning.
Vernon’s Ken Holland is said to be ready to become an NHL general manager again.
Just two weeks after stepping aside as the longtime GM of the Detroit Red Wings to allow former team captain Steve Yzerman to take over the position (while Holland became Detroit’s senior vice-president), Holland is expected to be named the 10th general manager in club history of the Edmonton Oilers.
It’s believed Holland, who played in Alberta in the Western Hockey League with the Medicine Hat Tigers, will agree to a five-year, $25 million deal to move from Motown to Edmonton.
Oilers hoping the 3-time Stanley Cup champ exec can turn things around for the team and make them a regular playoff participant. Are you optimistic?https://t.co/Uaq5eFFJ8j
— Hockey Night in Canada (@hockeynight) May 6, 2019
Holland, 63, spent 36 years with the Red Wings, going from a goalie in the organization to a scout. He became general manager of the Red Wings in July 1997, one month after Detroit won its first Stanley Cup in 42 years.
Holland would win three more Cups as Detroit GM, and also orchestrated two Olympics gold medals for his native Canada.
BREAKING: Ken Holland, who oversaw three Stanley Cup championships as Red Wings GM, reportedly is leaving Detroit to become GM of the Edmonton Oilers.
Holland was replaced by Steve Yzerman as Wings GM last month. https://t.co/OTfm0ymDs1
— Freep Sports (@freepsports) May 5, 2019
He would be taking over an underachieving team in Edmonton that has, arguably, the best hockey player on the planet in Connor McDavid, but missed the post-season in 2019.
Holland will be inducted into the Sport B.C. Hall of Fame later this month.