Oilers President Confirms Departure of GM Ken Holland

Sam Jones
June 27, 2024  (12:18)

Oilers President Confirms Departure of GM Ken Holland
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In a significant announcement that has stirred the Edmonton Oilers community.

President Jeff Jackson confirmed today that General Manager Ken Holland will not be returning after his current contract expires.
This decision marks a pivotal shift in the Oilers' management as they approach the NHL Draft and Free Agency.
The Edmonton Oilers and Ken Holland have mutually agreed that his contract will not be extended beyond the end of its current term.

The news about Holland's future had been the subject of speculation in recent days. Despite the swirling rumors, it is now clear that the 68-year-old Hall of Fame Manager is stepping away from his role. Most sources close to the situation have hinted at retirement for Holland, who has had a storied career in the NHL.
Darren Dreger of TSN provided insights, revealing that Holland informed the Oilers of his decision yesterday. While he has been linked to other opportunities within the league, Holland intends to take a break before making any decisions about his future. Additionally, it was noted by Jason Gregor that Holland declined an offer from the Oilers to stay on in an advisory capacity.
In the interim, President Jeff Jackson, alongside Assistant GM Brad Holland, will take the helm of the Oilers' operations. Their immediate challenge will be navigating the team through the upcoming draft and free agency period without a formal General Manager. This temporary arrangement puts additional pressure on Jackson to ensure the team's competitiveness, with a particular focus on extending star player Leon Draisaitl and pushing the Oilers back into Stanley Cup contention.
Ken Holland's tenure in Edmonton has been a mixed bag. Under his management, the Oilers reached the Stanley Cup Final and acquired key players like Mattias Ekholm. However, his tenure was also marred by less favorable decisions, such as the contracts given to Jack Campbell and Darnell Nurse, which many fans regard as detrimental. Despite these controversies, Holland's legacy in the NHL is secure, decorated with four Stanley Cups and a Hall of Fame induction.
As Ken Holland potentially concludes his career in hockey management, the community and Oilers fans are left reflecting on his significant contributions to the sport and the team, wishing him well in his future endeavors.
Source: Chris Johnston
Oilers confirm they've mutually parted ways with GM Ken Holland
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