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Holland, Oilers mutually agree to part ways


Edmonton Oilers and general manager Ken Holland have mutually agreed to part ways, the team announced Wednesday.

"The Edmonton Oilers and Ken Holland have mutually agreed that his contract will not be extended beyond the end of its current term," Oilers CEO of hockey operations Jeff Jackson said in a statement. "Over the past five seasons as General Manager, Ken has not only built the Edmonton Oilers into one of the NHL's best teams, he has also established a deeply rooted foundation of success and a culture of winning that will continue well into the future.

"Thanks in large part to Ken's outstanding work, Edmonton has become a destination city for players around the National Hockey League. We wish Ken, Cindi and his entire family the very best and thank him for his leadership and contributions to the Oilers organization and the City of Edmonton."

Holland's contract with the Oilers was set expire on June 30. TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger notes that while Holland is now free to talk to other teams, he has not yet done so and is expected to take some time before deciding what his next move will be.

Holland was named the Oilers general manager and president of hockey operations in May of 2019.

The 68-year-old over saw a team that went 220-121-32 during his five-year tenure that saw four playoff appearances and culminated with a Stanley Cup Final appearance in 2024.

Holland previously served as the general manager of the Detroit Red Wings and oversaw a dominate team that won 10 Central Division titles, four Presidents' Trophies, four Stanley Cup Final appearances, and three Stanley Cup championships. He also won a fourth Stanley Cup as an assistant general manager in 1997.

Detroit won more regular season games (789) and postseason games (118) than any other NHL team during his tenure.

The Vernon, B.C., native was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2020 as a builder.