After the 2017-18 season, Ken Holland‘s contract with the Detroit Red Wings is up. At that point, it’s time for the Wings to say goodbye to their general manager. It’s been a wild run with Holland, who led Detroit to three Stanley Cups and 19 consecutive playoff appearances in his first 20 seasons as the club’s GM. But now is the time to let go.
If the 2016-17 season wasn’t the end of Holland, the 2017-18 season should surely do him in. At this point, the team (full of “fun-to-watch” players) is 10-12-5, and even their captain, Henrik Zetterberg, has called their efforts embarrassing after their most recent loss.
— Helene St. James (@HeleneStJames) December 3, 2017
Lucky for Wings fans, Holland’s contract comes to an end after this season. So, with any luck, we’ll get to say goodbye to the reason behind the downfall of Hockeytown.
I hear you out there: Jeff Blashill is the problem, the coach has got to go. You can’t blame the GM on day-to-day performance fails. But, I disagree.
I’m no Blashill fan but this is all on Ken Holland. You show me a coach who can win with six third pairing defenseman. https://t.co/uwJYR5zhoX
— Jeffrey Moss (@JeffMossDSR) December 1, 2017
Keep in mind, Holland is the one who built around a team of veterans over the past two decades. He’s given us short-term chances at winning it all, but little effort has gone into giving quality rookies a chance to shine. The Wings’ veterans of today weren’t in the limelight until their mid-20s and their performance since has continued to dwindle.
It’s no secret that the salary cap has done Detroit wrong more than once. But there’s been little-to-no effort on Holland’s part to build with this in mind. And with a team that has been so-so for the past 10 years, there’s been little promise coming out of the NHL draft for the Wings.
— Red Wings Report (@redwings_fanly) November 23, 2017
At the end of the day, if the Wings fail, Holland fails. Last season we saw Detroit’s 25-year playoff streak come to an end. And, if the season were to end today, the Wings would be nowhere near even a wild card position for an appearance in the playoffs.
So, it’s time Detroit says “thank you” and “goodbye” to Mr. Holland as a part of the organization. It was a fun ride while it lasted, but you’ve got to go, sir.
After a 10-1 loss (a pathetic and worst loss of this generation) to the Montreal Canadiens Saturday night, the Wings look to end their seven-game losing skid Tuesday when they take on the Winnipeg Jets at Little Caesars Arena at 7:30 p.m. (ET).