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Tomas Holmstrom will only sign with Detroit

Jul 13, 2012, 9:42 AM EDT

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There are reportedly teams out there that are interested in signing Tomas Holmstrom, but he doesn’t want to play for them.

“It’s playing in Detroit, or nowhere else,” Holmstrom said, according to the Detroit News.

It remains to be seen which of those two options he and the Detroit Red Wings will end up agreeing upon.

For now, Holmstrom is training like he does every summer, but he hasn’t ruled out the possibility of retirement. However, it remains to be seen if Detroit will have a place for him in the lineup when he comes to a decision.

Holmstrom, who will turn 40 during the 2012-13 campaign, averaged just 11:52 minutes per game last season. It’s also worth noting that Detroit signed Mikael Samuelsson and Jordin Tootoo this summer. Still, Holmstrom thinks he can still crack Detroit’s lineup if he decides to extend his career.

“If I play my game, play my role, I know I can help this team,” Holmstrom said. “It’s great to see Sammy (Samuelsson) back, he’s going to help our team. And you need a guy like Tootoo, a disturber, a guy who can get in the other team’s face. Those guys will help.”

Holmstrom is expected to talk to Wings GM Ken Holland in another week or two. At that point, the two sides should come a decision regarding Holmstrom’s future.

  1. wingsfan40 - Jul 13, 2012 at 10:36 AM

    of course holland will want him back he may not be anymore but he was a first line guy now hes old he would be lucky to play 4th line but he will make it and if it dont work out retire next year come on holland our 4th line be a tootoo holmstrom and miller line who agrees? they would do amazing and even instead of miller put emmerton ive met him a few times and hes awesome so lets make it easy holmstrom YOUR SIGNED 1 MORE YEAR!!!

  2. wingsfan40 - Jul 13, 2012 at 10:41 AM

    then the lines would be
    holmstrom-tootoo- emmerton and with the possabillity of signing guys like nash ryan semin or doan gosh tht would put the team a cup contender even no they already are and the defense would be
    smith kindle but then again looking for some trades for the d man they got good goalies thx to holland signing gusstafson!!:)

    • hockinj25 - Jul 13, 2012 at 11:11 AM

      Nyquist? Brunner? Eaves? I love Homer but those 3 can contribute more than him and Emmerton.

    • zaksyuk - Jul 13, 2012 at 10:02 PM

      Uhh more like


      Now i know Eaves,Miller,Brunner,Samuelson, Nyquist,Mursak,Tatar, and whoever else isnt on there but hey we have way WAY WAY to many forwards thats why everyone smells a trade.

  3. redwingsfan999 - Jul 13, 2012 at 11:38 AM

    As much as I want him 2 keep playing it can’t happen there’s no room on r team, wingsfan40, u forgot cleary, mursak, Bruner, and nyquist. That team is way 2 full we need 2 trade someone.

  4. wingsfan40 - Jul 13, 2012 at 1:33 PM

    yea tht is true redwingsfan999 i forgot cleary but nyquist watch him get a khl offer soon i know it holmy might come back idk there is room on the forth line and emmerton got more nhl experience then the guys you said (exept cleary and eaves) but you gotta remember eaves was out all season idk if he can play nhl. idk i guess we will see and yes you are right we do need to make some trades

    • m1lla7 - Jul 13, 2012 at 2:11 PM

      Nyquist isn’t going to the khl.

    • hockinj25 - Jul 13, 2012 at 3:42 PM

      WTF are you talking about? Nyquist is not going to the KHL. Emmerton has 1 year of experience, he’s no veteran.

    • zaksyuk - Jul 13, 2012 at 10:03 PM

      Your so right a swede who played college hockey in the USA and has a spot on the wings is gona go to the KHL.

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