Ken Holland expected to make Oilers decision soon

Ken Holland stepped aside as Red Wings GM last month to make way for Steve Yzerman to take over in Detroit. (Carlos Osorio/CP)

The Edmonton Oilers could soon have an answer to the question of who their next general manager will be.

Sportsnet’s Mark Spector reported on Friday that the club is all-in on acquiring the longtime GM of the Detroit Red Wings, who recently stepped aside from the position in Detroit for Steve Yzerman to take the reins.

The Oilers job is Holland’s if he wants it, and it looks like he’s close to making up his mind.

“I think we’re going to find out one way or the other over the next 24 to 48 hours, it’s expected that he’s going to make his final decision,” Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman said on Hockey Night in Canada Saturday night. “They’ve got a big offer on the table, rumoured to be five [years] times five [million].”

“Everything’s there for Ken Holland, including autonomy in all hockey matters,” noted Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos. “But like in anything else, it’s a family decision and that’s ultimately what he needs to decide on.”

Holland would bring more than three decades worth of front-office experience to Edmonton should he accept. The 2018-19 campaign was his 36th with the Red Wings and in 22 years as GM of the club, Holland led Detroit to 13 seasons with 100-plus points, four Presidents’ Trophies, and three Stanley Cups.

Edmonton has had a vacancy at GM since Jan. 23 when Peter Chiarelli was fired. CEO Bob Nicholson named Keith Gretzky as interim GM at the time, and vowed he would take his time in his search for the right person to take the team to the next level.

Gretzky, Mark Hunter, and Sean Burke have also been reported to be leading candidates for the job over the course of Nicholson’s search.

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