Being the general manager of an NHL expansion franchise is a daunting task but based on the immense success the Vegas Golden Knights are having in their inaugural season, being GM of a Seattle team could be a promising endeavour.
If and when Seattle gets a franchise, there’s likely to be a number of high-profile candidates to be GM and Detroit Red Wings GM Ken Holland appears to be “at the top of the list,” according to Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos.
“Let’s make no mistake about it, Kenny Holland is out there,” Kypreos said during the Headlines segment Saturday on Hockey Night in Canada. “His contract is going to expire at the end of the year. No talks at all scheduled. It appears it might go all the way to the end of the season before it gets addressed. You’ve got to put him at the top of the list.”
Seattle’s prospective NHL ownership group officially submitted its expansion application with the NHL earlier this month.
Kypreos also mentioned John Ferguson Jr., the executive director of player personnel for the Boston Bruins and former GM of the Toronto Maple Leafs, as another potential candidate, along with Pittsburgh Penguins assistant GM Bill Guerin.