Is Detroit Red Wings General Manager Ken Holland Still Right Man for the Job?

July 13th, 2014 by Matt Hutter Leave a reply »

Before we get into this, let’s clarify that questioning whether or not Ken Holland is still the right person for the job of general manager of the Detroit Red Wings is not an activity one engages in lightly.

Indeed, for the better part of two decades, Holland has been considered one of, if not the best, general managers in hockey. Since taking the reins in 1998, Holland has presided over three Stanley Cup championships—more than any other team during that same stretch. Holland has been and will forever be one of the most important people in the history of the Red Wings.

That said, Holland’s ability to properly manage this team moving forward is now a legitimate question.

Forget about missing out on Matt Niskanen, Brian Boyle and Christian Ehrhoff this summer; that alone isn’t going to paint a GM as ineffective. If that was the case then one would have to accuse 27 other general managers as being some shade of incompetent.

Still, as Holland expressed to Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press on July 1, missing out on those defenders was not from lack of trying. “We ...

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