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Will Holmstrom follow Lidstrom to retirement?

Jun 1, 2012, 8:20 AM EDT

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Tomas Holmstrom and Nicklas Lidstrom are good friends. They’ve both spent their entire careers with the Detroit Red Wings and they were both scheduled to become unrestricted free agents this summer. However, Lidstrom has announced his retirement and now the question is if Holmstrom will do the same.

“Some days I feel like yes (I’ll return), and some days no, and some days it’s just aches and pain,” said Holmstrom.

The situation with Holmstrom is significantly different than it was with Lidstrom. Holmstrom was never a superstar and he’s not coming off of a strong season. In fact, he got just 24 points in 74 games last season while averaging 11:52 minutes per contest. Additionally, even if Holmstrom wants to return, there’s a chance that there might not still be a spot for him in their lineup.

Still, losing Holmstrom on top of Lidstrom could make the transition even harder from a veteran leadership perspective. Holmstrom has won the Stanley Cup four times and is tied for 34th among NHL players with 180 playoff games played.

  1. redwingsfan999 - Jun 1, 2012 at 12:56 PM

    I want Tomas holmstrom 2 stay because with lidstrom gone holmers the only guy left from the wings 90s era. But idk if he can stay due 2 the fact that the wings r making a lot of changes 2 their roster. But I have my faith in ken holland and the wings 2 make the right moves. So if holmer can stay I hope he does but if he can’t, what r u gonna do. It will be really sad 2 see holmer and lidstrom leave in the same year though.

    • frank433 - Jun 1, 2012 at 6:32 PM

      Do they speak English in Detroit?

      • bensawesomeness - Jun 1, 2012 at 7:15 PM

        Only those of us who have our heads on our shoulders and are aware of that Holmstrom needs to retire

  2. polegojim - Jun 1, 2012 at 1:01 PM

    Very grateful for Holms. He has the heart and desire, but the skills have dissipated.

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