Ken Holland talks as players empty lockers; ‘I’m not into a rebuild’

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Players gathered at Joe Louis Arena today to clean out their lockers, marking the official end of hockey season in Detroit. General manager Ken Holland was among those who talked with reporters about the season, as well as the future of the team.

Though the idea of a rebuild in Detroit has been whispered throughout hockey circles, Holland doesn’t appear to have any interest in the thought.

While it’s always disappointing to see the season come to an early end, Holland was more disappointed this season than last.

He also gave some insight on his plan for how the roster will come together for next season.

The popular name in free agency will be Steven Stamkos, who is currently recovering from a blood clot in his arm. While some believe that Detroit has a legitimate chance of landing him this off-season, it remains to be seen if such a move is in the cards.

As for their own free agents, the possibility of bringing Darren Helm back was mentioned.

A defensively sound speedster, Helm will probably garner plenty of interest across the league if he gets to the open market.

While the season has come to an end for the Wings, the optimism for next season has already begun. We know one thing for sure, however: this will be a very interesting off-season.