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Report: Teams expressing interest in Tomas Holmstrom

Jul 12, 2012, 11:05 AM EDT

Tomas Holmstrom, Joe Thornton AP

Tomas Holmstrom has spent all 15 years of his career with the Detroit Red Wings.

Could his 16th be in a different city?

It seems implausible the 39-year-old would sign anywhere other that Detroit, but two recent items have raised the possibility meter — albeit slightly.

Gregg Krupa of the Detroit News caught up with Wings GM Ken Holland and asked about Holmstrom’s future with the club. Noting that Holland was “using much the same language about Holmstrom as he did about Kirk Maltby and Kris Draper before they retired,” Krupa got this response:

“If we don’t move younger people in, we’re going backwards.”

Krupa also alluded to this report from Swedish website, in which reporter Av Oscar Brostrom spoke with Holmstrom’s Michigan-based agent, Howard Gourwitz.

The details (thanks to the power of Google translate):

— Several NHL clubs have expressed interest in Holmstrom, but he’s yet to decide what he wants to do.

— Holmstrom won’t go back to Sweden and play in the SEL. If he plays next year, it’ll only be in the NHL.

It also sounds as though Holmstrom (who’s headed back to Detroit soon — he might live there permanently, retirement or no) and Holland will talk in the not-too-distant future about what direction the Wings want to go.

According to Capgeek, Detroit currently has 15 forwards under contract at the NHL level, including a number of the “younger” guys Holland alluded to — Cory Emmerton (24 years old), Jan Mursak (24) and Gustav Nyquist (22).

Also, the Wings have yet to deal with RFA forward Justin Abdelkader.

  1. redwingsfan999 - Jul 12, 2012 at 11:12 AM

    Ok look holmstrom will either retire or stay in Detroit and from the looks of the wings roster it looks like he’s retiring. He won’t go anywhere else

  2. redwingsfan999 - Jul 12, 2012 at 11:15 AM

    But it will be sad 2 see him go, if he retires there will be no one left on the wings roster who was from the 90s era wings

  3. relicwingnut - Jul 12, 2012 at 11:24 AM

    He isn’t going anywhere. If he isn’t going to wear the winged wheel this year, then he will hang it in the rafters. I’ll miss watching him play.

  4. mclovinhockey - Jul 12, 2012 at 11:58 AM

    If DET doesn’t take him back and he still wants to play… Maybe he will sign with another team… Like the stars, since it would be one of the younger signing this offseason for them ; )

  5. capsfan19 - Jul 12, 2012 at 12:22 PM

    Ha i love the guy bur hate playing against him!! Stop screening our goalies dude! Be nice next year

  6. bcjim - Jul 12, 2012 at 12:48 PM

    He is an aggravating jackass imo.

  7. tmoore4075 - Jul 12, 2012 at 1:02 PM

    He’s not going back to the Wings. They aren’t going to take up a roster spot for a guy who would pretty much only play on the power play. I don’t see him going elsewhere but ya never know. Hope he retires a Wing.

  8. howardforvezina - Jul 12, 2012 at 1:19 PM

    I think he should retire because he has really bad knee damage.

  9. jasonbroughlovezchunkysoup - Jul 12, 2012 at 1:32 PM

    oh wow another irrelevant dead wing. seems like thats been the case with these hacks the last few years. SCA

  10. sergeikremlin - Jul 12, 2012 at 2:11 PM

    A true specialist. Nothing but respect for Holmstrom, whereas a guy like Avery I have no respect for. Much like Brodeur, I would prefer to see him either hang them up or go one more year with the Wings.

    • hanza26 - Jul 13, 2012 at 1:44 AM

      @sergeikremlin As a wings fan myself I have to say give your head a shake, Brodeur proved this year he can still play at an elite level, unlike Holmstrom who’s seen better days. Holmstrom will go down as one of the best net presences ever to play the game, but when its time to retire its time. However Brodeur still has at least 2 more seasons if he can stay healthy and give up a few more games in the regular season to his backup..

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