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Report: Detroit to make decision on Holmstrom in July

Jun 12, 2012, 12:32 PM EDT

Tomas Holmstrom, Joe Thornton AP

According to the Detroit Free Press, the Red Wings will make a decision on bringing back Tomas Holmstrom next month.

Holmstrom, 39, told the paper he’s spoken to Wings GM Ken Holland and that the organization is “going to decide [in the] beginning of July what’s going to happen.”

As the Free Press’ Helene St. James points out, Holmstrom’s words seem to indicate that if the Wings want him back, he’d be open to returning. There was much speculation he, like recently-retired teammate Nicklas Lidstrom, would ride off into the sunset this offseason and call it a career.

But it appears that might not be the case.

More, from St. James:

The Wings want to add a top-six forward via free agency, and could decide some of their own players, like Cory Emmerton and Jan Mursak, don’t fit into the future. Regarding Holmstrom, both sides have the luxury to see what happens in early July, then go from there.

Wings head coach Mike Babcock said at the end of the season that if he’s to return, Holmstrom’s role would be primarily as a power play specialist and a fourth-line forward.

  1. tmoore4075 - Jun 12, 2012 at 1:40 PM

    Mursak is probably done. He just hasn’t found his spot. I dunno about Homer. Yeah he’s can be a good PP specialist still but then it takes up a spot on the 4th line. He’s not going anywhere so the Wings can wait until mid-July to see.

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