I didn't see anyone mentioning this bombshell.
Dear ol' Kenny was asked to take a different job so as to keep The Captain with the team as GM. He declined.
When Steve Yzerman left the front office to manage the Lightning, Mike Ilitch said he had approached Holland about moving up in the front office to make room for Yzerman as general manager.
Ilitch said Holland declined.
Now, Holland’s tasks are formidable and mounting, and his joke several seasons ago that Lidstrom’s retirement might hasten his own is less humorous.
He faces fierce urgency in a hot kitchen, likely to get only hotter.