Ken Holland leaves Detroit Red Wings for general manager's job in Edmonton

From left, Christopher Ililtch, president of Ilitch Holdings, stands with Steve Yzerman, executive vice president and general manager of the Red Wings and Ken Holland, senior vice president, after a news conference on April 19 in Detroit. (AP file photo)

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — The Edmonton Oilers hired longtime Detroit Red Wings executive Ken Holland as their new general manager and president of hockey operations Tuesday.
Holland takes over the struggling team from interim GM Keith Gretzky and one of his first tasks will be finding a new coach. Veteran Ken Hitchcock will not be back next season after taking over in November for the fired Todd McLellan.
“Right now times are tough. The team’s made the playoffs once in 13 years,” Holland said at a news conference, flanked by Oilers CEO Bob Nicholson and team owner Daryl Katz.
Holland led the Detroit Red Wings to 25 straight playoff appearances and four Stanley Cup titles. But after years of success, the Red Wings have missed the playoffs the last three seasons.