Red Wings discuss the game from Tyler Bertuzzi, and coach Jeff Blashill says team has too many passengers in 4-2 loss to Canadiens on Monday, March 26, 2018 in Montreal. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press

Ken Holland is expected return as general manager of the Detroit Red Wings next season, the Free Press has learned.  It’s unclear how the contract will be structured. 

“He’s going to be back as the GM,” a person familiar with the situation told the Free Press on Tuesday. 

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the Wings, who will miss the playoffs for the second straight season, have not addressed Holland’s future..

Holland, 62, guided the Wings to three Stanley Cup titles as general manager (1998, 2002, 2008). His future has been in question this season, in part because the Wings have not extended his contract beyond 2017-18, the final season on his current deal.

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Holland, reached by phone on Tuesday, did not say if he will return next season. 

“Two weeks from today, there’s going to be a cleanup day and a team picture day and the media is going to be focusing on the ’18-19 season and who is running the team, who is making the decision and what is the plan,” Holland said. “I know in the next 10 days, the answer to all your questions will be settled.”

Christopher Ilitch, owner for both the Red Wings and Tigers, declined to talk about Holland’s future when he visited Tigers spring training in Lakeland, Fla., earlier this month. 

Asked what it would take for Holland to return and when discussions needed to begin on an extension, Ilitch said: “We, of course, have 11 operating companies that we’re involved with, the Tigers and the Red Wings being two of those. Today, I’m in Lakeland, Florida. This is spring training for the Tigers. So, I’m happy to talk to you about the Tigers and really want to keep the focus today on the Detroit Tigers.”

Asked if he wanted Holland back as GM, Ilitch continued his previous response and said: “And I’ll be happy to take any more questions you have on the Detroit Tigers.”

The Red Wings and the Tigers are both going through rebuilds.

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