Saturday Headlines on Hockey Night in Canada was chalk full of interesting storylines. A key story, described by Nick Kypreos, was that three respected veteran general managers are on the last year of their contracts and have had no significant discussions to extend them.
The three names are rather surprising: Lou Lamoriello of the Toronto Maple Leafs, Ken Holland of the Detroit Red Wings, and Doug Armstrong, GM of the St. Louis Blues.
Of the three names, Lamoriello would seem like the most logical general manager to have his contract extended, given his track record with the New Jersey Devils and the excellent work he's done with Toronto in the short time that he's been there. But with young assistant GM Kyle Dubas knocking on the door, Chris Johnston believes there's the possibility that Brendan Shanahan makes a change, in line with the youth movement of the team and organization as a whole.
"It's an intriguing decision," Johnston adds.
Ken Holland is an interesting name on this list - and a simultaneously surprising and unsurprising one at that. He's been general manager in Detroit for 20 years, and built an incredibly long-lasting successful franchise. But with the team not making the playoffs for the first time in over two decades, and another rocky season underway, Detroit ownership may have a tough decision on their hands. Do they go with new blood to revitalize this franchise? Or stay with the man that has a proven track record of success?
That'll be a very interesting call.
Finally, there's St. Louis. Doug Armstrong has been performing GM duties in St. Louis since 2010 - and has put together a strong team through his tenure. That being said, they have had no success in the playoffs, only making it to the Conference finals once in that span. His team is off to a hot start this year - their success this year may determine his future as a GM for the Blues.
Who keeps their job? Who doesn't?