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Ken Holland Signs Four Year Deal To Stay With The Detroit Red Wings

Detroit Red Wings’ General Manager and Executive Vice-President Ken Holland has agreed to stay with the organization for the next four seasons. Ken Holland had one year left on his current contract, like Mike Babcock and the rest of the Detroit Red Wings’ coaching staff.

Ken Holland became the Detroit Red Wings General Manager in 1997, when he took over for Jim Devellano and Scotty Bowman.

With Holland’s help the Detroit Red Wings went on to win their second Stanley Cup in two seasons and the Red Wings are still the last team to win back-to-back Stanley Cups.

Under Ken Holland’s reign, the Detroit Red Wings have made the playoffs every season. won three Stanley Cups, four President’s Trophies, five Conference Championships, and ten Division Championships.

From Ansar Khan at Mlive:

“I’m very proud, very happy,” Holland told MLive.com. “I love being a Red Wing, love working for Mr. and Mrs. Ilitch in a city that loves hockey. I’m very excited they had confidence in me to sign me.

“I’ve worked for the Red Wings since 1983 and lived here since 1994. It’s home.”

Ken Holland is a great GM and keeping him in the fold for the next four years is the best move Detroit could have made. While Holland has made some mistakes over the last few seasons, – like signing Mikael Samuelsson – he has a great track record and is the best man for the job.

Now that Ken Holland’s contract is finished the Detroit Red Wings can turn their attention back to Mike Babcock and getting him to sign an extension, as well.

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