EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) The Edmonton Oilers hired longtime Detroit Red Wings executive Ken Holland as their new general manager and president of hockey operations Tuesday.
Holland takes over the struggling team from interim GM Keith Gretzky and one of his first tasks will be finding a new coach. Veteran Ken Hitchcock will not be back next season after taking over in November for the fired Todd McLellan.
"Right now times are tough. The team's made the playoffs once in 13 years," Holland said at a news conference, flanked by Oilers CEO Bob Nicholson and team owner Daryl Katz. "Daryl and Bob have made a decision to bring me in. I've got to come in and I've got to change the culture."