Red Wings fans grew increasingly frustrated with Holland and coach Jeff Blashill as the 2016-17 season wore on.
That vote of confidence was the lead-in for NHL Insider Elliotte Friedman during a Tuesday afternoon appearance on NHL Network as the discussion shifted to the Red Wings.
There has to be a governor, Ken Holland said. The Red Wings move into a new arena next season and will try to rebound from this year's failure. "This year was very disappointing, unacceptable". They're going to be really good players, but unless you're Steve Yzerman or Connor McDavid or Austin Matthews or Patrik Laine and you hit the league at 19, most players need three, four, five years.
"I've got to be better".
"At the same time, those old pros want to play hockey, they want a paycheck...so they're also there to compete with those young players, to force those young players to dig in at practice, in the gym, on the ice".
"The Ilitch family really likes Ken Holland, and I'm not surprised by anything Christopher Ilitch said today -or Ken Holland said today - about him wanting to be here".
Late Red Wings enforcer Bob Probert has been given a little more time in the penalty box at Detroits Joe Louis Arena. I don't think it's a big of a deal surgery.
"Again, I think there's two philosophies and some organizations have just cleared the deck and turned it over to kids, with mixed results - sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't". I don't know the answer to that question.
The staff and players of the 2017 U.S. Men's National Team are selected by the U.S. Men's National Team Advisory Group, led by Johannson, assistant executive director of hockey operations for USA Hockey. We know his attachment to that franchise.
"I hope that there's not one day that I didn't try to get better and that I have tried to learn and improve", Blashill said.
"I think he's a very good coach", Holland added.