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Wings GM Holland on Lidstrom: “I’m hoping Nick is going to do it one more year”

May 10, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

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This promises to be an interesting summer for Ken Holland.

The Detroit GM would like to make a splash in free agency, but the talent pool is shallow. He’d like to add some youth to an aging roster, but that’s easier said than done. He’d like for captain Nicklas Lidstrom to play one more year, but there’s no guarantee it’ll happen.

In fact, Holland is waiting on Lidstrom right now.

“Yeah, yeah,” Holland told the Detroit Free Press. “I’m hoping Nick is going to do it one more year. But I’ve still got some time to go.”

It’s believed that Holland will meet with Lidstrom over the next few weeks to decide the 42-year-old’s future. It’s imperative a decision is reached prior to the start of free agency (Jul. 1), so the GM can figure out:

– How much of his cap room (currently at $20 million) will be allotted to Lidstrom, who made $6.2 million on each of his last two deals.

– What to do with UFAs Jiri Hudler, Tomas Holmstrom and Brad Stuart.

– What to do with RFAs Darren Helm, Justin Abdelkader and Kyle Quincey.

– How much he and head coach Mike Babcock are willing to rely on former 1st/2nd round picks making entry-level money (Brendan Smith, Gustav Nyqvist, Landon Ferraro, Tomas Tatar).

– If 2010 first-round pick Riley Sheahan is ready to make the NHL after a one-game trial in April.

So yeah, plenty of issues facing Holland.

Not that he thinks they’ll be too difficult to overcome.

“You wake up every day, and you’re nervous. It’s such a fine, fine line between finishing fifth and finishing ninth,” he explained. “[But] certainly with a tweak here or there, a couple of good things happen to us this summer, we make a couple of moves, there is no reason we can’t contend in the West.”

The big move, though, is getting Lidstrom back.

  1. braddavery - May 10, 2012 at 1:14 PM

    One? The guy could play like a HOFer for 5 more years.

  2. scoops1 - May 10, 2012 at 1:18 PM

    One more year…one more year…one more year

  3. michiganhockey11 - May 10, 2012 at 2:19 PM

    Hudler-Gone
    Homer-Retire ole buddy. You had a great run and 4 cups.
    Stuart-Already hinted he’s going to go back home (west coast). Gone
    Nick-If you stay, for the best of the team, take a Steve Yzerman hometown discount)

    If all that happens, and say the Devils get knocked out in conference finals, sign Parise and grab Suter from Nashville.

    Keep Helm and Abs. Quincey needs to play a heck of a lot next year based on what we saw after we grabbed him the past season.

    • michiganhockey11 - May 10, 2012 at 2:22 PM

      *heck of a lot better*

      • polegojim - May 10, 2012 at 2:39 PM

        Agreed… Love my Wings… but disappointed in the playoff effort…. or should I say lack there of

        Mule has begun to waste ice time… very little to show for it.

        Mixing it up is important. Good young talent that need active leadership on the ice, as well as in the locker room.

  4. wingnut801 - May 10, 2012 at 2:26 PM

    Give Lidstrom whatever he wants! Look at what happened when he was out of the lineup this year, and his presence will help attract a great defenseman (Suter?). Keep Holmstrom unless he decides his knees can’t take it anymore. Definitely keep Helm (5 yrs) and Abdelkader. Dump Hudler and Quincey immediately! The future is with Brendan Smith, Gustav Nyqvist, Jan Mursak, and Zach Parise!

    • bensawesomeness - May 10, 2012 at 4:11 PM

      I’ve honestly been ridiculously impressed with Smith and Nyquist, both are solid players, and Gustav reminds me of Helm in that whenever he’s on the ice, he’s making life ridiculously difficult for the other guys.

  5. bensawesomeness - May 10, 2012 at 4:18 PM

    going down the list as quickly as i can

    Stuart would be awesome to keep, he’s solid ( though i’ve never seen more pucks go in off of someone in my life ), but i realistically think he’s gone to the West for a while at least
    Jiri Hudler has played heck of a lot better this year than in the last few, but he’s expendable if we pick up someone else, or let our young guns step in
    Holmstrom is important in that Nick and Tomas are best friends, may not be a bad idea to keep him around
    Give Helm a long contract, he deserves it, Abdelkater and Quincey would both ideally get short term deals, nether has played up to their potential, and if they dont play well enough, trade talks could be warranted

    Lidstrom deserves whatever he wants, though i think, if he wants as many Cups as his jersey’s predicted for 20 years, he may need to take a bit of a hometown discount

  6. hagigun - May 10, 2012 at 4:50 PM

    How can you get Parise in Detroit if Carolina and Minnesota and Boston get him and the Devils keep him? There is only 1 Parise correct?

    I love how everyone is looking at their teams roster next year with Suter and Parise…classic.

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