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Detroit won’t know fates of Lidstrom, Holmstrom until June

May 22, 2012, 11:27 AM EDT

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What promises to be a big offseason for the Red Wings will be on hold for the time being.

That’s the message out of Detroit today as GM Ken Holland told no decisions will be made regarding captain Nicklas Lidstrom and forward Tomas Holmstrom until after the organization’s pro scouting meetings from June 2-4.

“Whenever Nick is prepared to make a decision, I’m prepared to receive it,” Holland said. “I told [Holmstrom] a couple of weeks ago we won’t decide anything until after the pro scouting meetings.

“We want him to decide if he’s healthy and if he has the passion and the energy to play another season.”

Unlike Lidstrom, Holmstrom’s decision is not entirely up to him. Holland said the 39-year-old’s return for a possible 16th season in Detroit is “not strictly his call”, suggesting the Wings may want to free up cap space and a roster spot for a free agent target.

As for Detroit’s other impending free agents: Jiri Hudler has had conversations with Holland and the GM “anticipates more dialogue” in the coming weeks.

MLive reports that soon-to-be-UFA Brad Stuart is unlikely to return and “will almost certainly sign with a team closer to his home in San Jose.”

  1. hiltonandastoria - May 22, 2012 at 11:49 AM

    Actually Nick’s decision isn’t entirely up to him either, he and his wife run a very strict household where the 2 of them share all decision making together.
    Fact is, if Annika says it’s time he comes home and move back to Sweden, Nick will do just that.

    • hockinj25 - May 22, 2012 at 1:05 PM

      He won’t move back to Sweden when he retires. He is basically guaranteed a spot in the front office.

      • hiltonandastoria - May 22, 2012 at 1:49 PM

        He doesn’t want it, the family is going back home

  2. hiltonandastoria - May 22, 2012 at 11:51 AM

    And here’s a great pic of the people in question

  3. michiganhockey11 - May 22, 2012 at 11:56 AM

    Need to let Happy Hudler go. Did not produce enough for what he was paid.

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