The Athletic’s Craig Custance penned an article discussing Ken Holland’s future, as well as the Ilitch-sized elephant in the room:
As hard as it is to win a Stanley Cup, Holland may be facing his biggest challenge yet. The Detroit fan base wants change. There’s a mess to clean up that is the result of his attempts to optimize the team’s Stanley Cup chances in the final stages of the Nicklas Lidstrom, Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg era. There are bad contracts to burn off and high-end prospects who need to be drafted. Whether or not Holland will be the one tasked with doing that is all going to come to a head in the next few weeks.
“I think that probably between now and sometime at the end of the year, I would expect there would be some kind of decision made,” Holland told The Athletic this week.
Yzerman, a man whose opinion still carries much weight in Detroit, offers his support.
“I believe [with] everything he’s done, he deserves the time to rebuild it now,” Yzerman said. “He deserves the time and the respect of everyone to rebuild it.”
That may hinge on one person.