Holland agreed to terms on a two-year contract with Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg (KHL) on Wednesday. Drafted by the Ducks with the 15th overall pick in the 2009 NHL Draft, Holland saw action in just 29 games with the club before being traded to the Maple Leafs in 2013-14. The center peaked in Toronto, as he notched 25 goals and 38 helpers in four seasons with the Leafs. The 28-year-old's career would also include stints with the Coyotes and Rangers. Last season, Holland once again found himself switching organizations, as he was acquired from New York by the Blackhawks, but was never able to earn a call-up to Chicago. With his move overseas, it's probably the last time Holland will suit up in North America, and he figures to bring his NHL career to a close with 36 goals and 49 assists in 266 appearances.
Holland was traded by the Rangers to the Blackhawks in exchange for Darren Raddysh on Monday. Holland has spent all of this season at the AHL level and will now report to AHL Rockford. A first-round pick in 2009, the 28-year-old has just 85 points in 266 career NHL contests.
Holland played 36 games in the minors and 23 games for the Rangers in the 2017-18 season. Holland began the campaign with AHL Laval -- Montreal's minor-league affiliate -- and posted 19 points in 20 games, but he was traded to the Rangers in November. With New York, he spent time with AHL Hartford (14 points, 16 games) before being called up to the Rangers and suiting up for 23 games. Holland averaged 12:24 of ice time in that span, and he notched one goal and three helpers. The Rangers have plenty of depth up the middle with Mika Zibanejad, Vladislav Namestnikov and Kevin Hayes, so Holland will likely fight for the fourth-line center position.
Holland was placed on waivers by the Rangers on Saturday, Elliotte Friedman of Hockey Night in Canada reports. Holland provided the team with some ice time with a number of the regulars unavailable due to injury or because they were linked to trade talks. With Chris Kreider available again for the club, Holland will likely return to the minors if unclaimed.
Holland scored a goal and an assist in a 7-4 loss to the Flyers on Sunday. The 27-year-old only posted two points and no goals in his first 14 games with the Rangers, so to say the least, this was a breakout performance for the new member of the Blueshirts. Prior to joining the Rangers, Holland had five goals and 11 points with the Coyotes, so he now has six scores and 15 points in 49 games overall this season.
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