If it's true that he said this was his last year in the AHL, then the Wings aren't going to risk pissing him off. He's one hell of a prospect and the only way I don't see him starting next season in Detroit is if he's traded, which is pretty unlikely.
I can't wait to watch him in Detroit.
edit: I didn't know he was out of waiver options next year.
Agree that waiver rules forcing Holland's hand, his track record would be to hoard a veteran or two instead. Someone with scoring ability playing next to Dats makes too much sense for Babs to try... I expect Cleary, Bert or Sammy to be paired with Dats next year.
Unless he is traded he has to be here. So the chances are pretty good. He will still be dangled ahead of Nyquist though in trade talks in my opinion. We will see how it all turns out, good to see him have a strong playoff run after some indifferent play for about a month after his demotion.