The Free Press’s Helene St. James posted a mailbag feature this afternoon, and among her answers to reader questions is this estimation of Ken Holland’s future plans:
’ve talked to a lot of people around the hockey world, and no one has heard anything one way or the other. Owner Chris Ilitch parried the question when he spoke to reporters at Detroit Tigers training camp, saying he was there to talk baseball. He did give Holland a vote of confidence after last season, saying coach Jeff Blashill’s future was in Holland’s hands.
Holland wants to continue to work, in Detroit or elsewhere. He has been working on rebuilding the team, keeping first-round draft picks since 2013 and last year and this year, stockpiling picks. Does he continue as GM? Does he slide into an advisory role like Jimmy Devellano did? Do the Wings part ways with Holland? We should find out soon after the season ends.