Ex-Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland done with Edmonton Oilers

Ex-Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland done with Edmonton Oilers

Former Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland, whose Edmonton Oilers came within a victory of the Stanley Cup, is out of his job with the Oilers.

"The Edmonton Oilers and Ken Holland have mutually agreed that his contract will not be extended beyond the end of its current term," Oilers CEO of hockey operations Jeff Jackson said in a statement. "Over the past five seasons as General Manager, Ken has not only built the Edmonton Oilers into one of the NHL's best teams, he has also established a deeply rooted foundation of success and a culture of winning that will continue well into the future.

"Thanks in large part to Ken's outstanding work, Edmonton has become a destination city for players around the National Hockey League. We wish Ken, Cindi and his entire family the very best and thank him for his leadership and contributions to the Oilers organization and the City of Edmonton."

Edmonton Oilers general manager Ken Holland, left, and head coach Kris Knoblauch take questions during media day in advance of the 2024 Stanley Cup Final at Amerant Bank Arena on Friday, June 7, 2024 in Sunrise, Florida.

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Holland was named GM in May 2019, less than a month after he had been moved into a consulting role with the Wings when Steve Yzerman was named GM of the Wings.

The decision to part ways comes a few days before Holland's contract was set to expire.

Holland, 68, joined the Oilers having won four Stanley Cups with the Wings. He started out scouting for the organization and was promoted to the general manager position after the 1997 Cup. Taking advantage of a generous owner and no salary cap, Holland brought in Dominik Hasek, Brett Hull and Luc Robitaille in the summer of 2001, engineering the team that would win the Cup in 2002.

Another Cup followed in 2008. By the mid-2010s, his moves were less successful, as trades made in the hopes of extending the Wings' success didn't pay off, and instead left the team low on draft picks and top talent.

Holland hadn't planned to leave the Wings, but decided in May 2019 he wasn't yet ready to not run a team.

This article originally appeared on Detroit Free Press: Ex-Detroit Red Wings GM Ken Holland out with Edmonton Oilers


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