This thread isn't about discussing the pros/cons of Ken Holland and his tenure as a Red Wings GM. So if people want to discuss him do it in one of the other topics. The goal is, to look at potential replacements starting next year or by the time his contract is up.
As I've said in another thread I would be fine with Don Maloney. He didn't have a whole lot to work with in Arizona and left that team with a very solid core going forward (Duclair, Domi and OEL). His team made the playoffs under a shoestring budget and gave the Kings all they could handle a few years ago to me that's impressive.
What I like about him is that he isn't gunshy to trade players and get some great returns, i.e. the Yandle trade getting a first and Duclair for him is really really great. On the flipside I didn't like how they handled the Domi situation the guy was ready before and they've just kept him down for cost reasons but yeah that's out of his control if Leblanc told him to do so. Would I give him the job without asking other candidates? No, but I think he should be one of the top candidates on Mr. I's list.
Maybe maybe the Wings get lucky and the Kings decide to fire Dean Lombardi if that happens he has to be #1 on this list and we all know what a great GM this guy is. I really like his philosophy of how to build teams that are tough to play against and he builds from the net out. Throw the bank at him and give the guy a free reign to do whatever is neccessary to rebuild the Wings to their former - too long gone - glory.
Jason Boterill (Ass. GM in Pittsburgh):
If Super Mario decides to extent Rutherford, which would be a huge mistake but whatever I think he would be an interesting choice. He is pretty young for a GM, has the much needed experience and could be one of the upcoming top GMS in the game. Of course there is no guarantee and some questionmarks on how he would do as THE guy running the show but nontheless a very interesting choice.
Before people are mentioning our current assistant GMs I think some fresh blood and new ideas are needed that's why I went with guys outside of the organization.