The Edmonton Oilers have hired longtime Detroit Red Wings executive Ken Holland as their new general manager. An official announcement is expected within the next few days.
Ken Holland, who spent the past 36 years with the Detroit Red Wings, will have full autonomy with regard to hockey operations, taking over from the fired Peter Chiarelli.
Ken Holland is expected to meet with DET ownership today. Barring any unforeseen circumstances, an announcement of the move to Edmonton will follow at some point.
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) May 5, 2019
Edmonton held extensive interviews for its GM vacancy and ultimately set its sights on Holland, who will reportedly sign a five-year deal worth $5 million per season.
Holland reached great heights running the Red Wings; they won Stanley Cups in 1998 and 2002, four Presidents’ Trophies as the NHL’s single-season point champion, 10 division titles and 13 times topped the 100-point plateau.
The 63-year-old will face immediate pressure in Edmonton, as the Oilers – despite Connor McDavid’s brilliance – have missed the playoffs in back-to-back seasons. The Oilers were the highest-spending NHL team this season and finished 28th among 31 teams in the standings.