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The key to Nicklas Lidstrom’s future is… Tomas Holmstrom?

Apr 25, 2012, 9:51 AM EDT

Nicklas Lidstrom, Tomas Holmstrom, Douglas Murray AP

If you thought about the factors that could go into Nicklas Lidstrom‘s decision on whether or not to retire from the NHL, would you guess that the future of teammate Tomas Holmstrom was one of them? Probably not, but that might just be the case.

Elliotte Friedman mentions in his weekly 30 Thoughts column that while there are many factors for Lidstrom to consider, the possibility of Holmstrom retiring might wind up being the one that makes up Lidstrom’s mind for him.

Ultimately, the No. 1 factor in Nicklas Lidstrom’s future is if he wants to put himself through everything it takes to get ready for the season. I mentioned on The Hotstove that he may leave if close friend Tomas Holmstrom retires — a theory that, apparently, was backed up by Chris Chelios on NHL Live.

Sound crazy? It isn’t. Holmstrom and Lidstrom are very close friends and given that they’ve both played together in Detroit for a long time, it probably makes Lidstrom’s life a lot easier having a friend and countryman in the locker room to go through the rigors with.

What a twist it would be to see one of the game’s greatest players call it a career because a close friend beat him to the punch to do so.

  1. dropthepuckeh - Apr 25, 2012 at 10:05 AM

    Let’s hope they both stick around another year. The NHL is filled with losers like Torres, Burrows and LaPierre, we need to celebrate the classy guys as much as possible…

    • esracerx46 - Apr 25, 2012 at 10:58 AM

      Don’t forget to put Bertuzzi on that list of losers

  2. politicalgraffiti - Apr 25, 2012 at 10:33 AM

    okay then sign Homer for league minimum, and let him cook Swedish meatballs for the team.

  3. hockinj25 - Apr 25, 2012 at 11:34 AM

    I don’t think Homer has anything left in the tank but Lidstrom could still play another year. Whatever they decide to do, its been fun to watch them throughout their careers.

  4. anonymouslyanonymouscommentor - Apr 25, 2012 at 11:51 AM

    Sounds like Lidstrom is exerting some leverage here, because I’m not so sure the Wings want Holmstrom back.

  5. seeinred87 - Apr 25, 2012 at 1:22 PM

    Homer needs to go. Nick needs to stay.

  6. hockeymutt - Apr 25, 2012 at 6:11 PM

    After being embarrassed badly by a mediocre Pred team with a
    good goalie [ie. not great], the Wings should let Holmstrom, Franzen and Bertuzzi go.
    Sorry to say. These guys were great when they could hold their own but not NOW.
    Bertuzzi’s best play was showing up to handout some punishing
    retribution…to salvage some dignity for the Wings team.
    Nobody else was PO’d????

    Nobody in front of the opposing goalie makes the guy look like a Vezina trophy
    finalist now. Geeessh.

    Howard was spectacular at under 2 GAA and stll gets ousted…..
    Something wrong when you have one of the best +/- teams
    in the league and are gone in 1st round……sick.

    Need a goal scorer and sound defensemen like Helm
    that can skate. Helm reminds me of Bobby Orr.
    Great when he is healthy..Hope he can make it
    longer than Orr did.

    Wings looked like they did not want to play for Babcock too.
    Might be more going on in thate LR than peeps will say.
    With all that they still outclass many other teams.

    The NHL is looking weak when they use the refs to manipulate
    the game for the weaker teams ALL FOR REDISTRIBUTING
    FAN BASE AND MONEY…… not too obvious when all MAJOR
    LEAGUE lEADING teams ALL YEAR either being ousted or
    on their way to being ousted. All about the games 7’s and $$$$$$

    Yeah Phoenix and Nashville now there’s real history making NHL series for ya!
    They need the money in both cities to stay afloat.. NHL announcers are handed
    orders to back this crap…….Nice job Engblom drooling over NASHVILLE????? LoL

    My fotter is a mutter too and we both dont know
    what to do to Oct-opy our time now.
    Sad when the ice has melted in Hockeytown so early.

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