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Holmstrom still undecided about future

Sep 7, 2012, 6:43 PM EDT

Johan Franzen, Tomas Holmstrom AP

When it comes to deciding his future, 39-year-old Tomas Holmstrom clearly isn’t rushing to a decision. Even though we’re now well into September, the unrestricted free agent hasn’t decided if he wants to play in 2012-13 or retire.

“I will take my time,” Holmstrom said, in a Detroit Free Press report.

Should Holmstrom decide to extend his career, it would be his intention to re-sign with the Detroit Red Wings. That might be a problem though, as it’s not clear if they would have a spot for him.

Detroit already has 13 players signed to one-way contracts and Justin Abdelkader is still a restricted free agent.

Holmstrom averaged just 11:52 minutes per game in 2011-12 and he’ll likely be restricted to a bottom-six forward role again in 2012-13 if he re-signs with them.

He was originally a 10th round pick and has played in 1,026 NHL games — all with the Detroit Red Wings. That’s good enough for sixth place on Detroit’s all-time franchise rankings, behind only Kris Draper, Steve Yzerman, Alex Delvecchio, Nicklas Lidstrom, and Gordie Howe.

  1. coconutman1 - Sep 7, 2012 at 7:25 PM

    I really respect Holmstrom and think he’s had an amazingly great career for being drafted in the 10th round and beating all odds just to make it into the NHL, but I don’t see how he could fit into our lineup if he decides to come back. We’ve already got 2 extra forwards without signing Abdelkader and a few minor leaguers fighting for the big club too. I love the guy, but it’s time to retire.

  2. redwingsfan999 - Sep 7, 2012 at 10:33 PM

    Love Holmer hope he stays one more year, I know r roster is full but I don’t like the tootoo signing so I thought we should have resigned holmstrom instead of signing tootoo

  3. bcjim - Sep 7, 2012 at 10:40 PM

    time to hang this one trick donkey out to dry. give someone who actually has some hockey skill a chance.

    • windmiller4 - Sep 8, 2012 at 1:19 AM

      Get back to me about Holmstroms skill level when you’ve scored 243 goals in the nhl

  4. garrison1981 - Sep 8, 2012 at 1:37 PM

    Bcjim has obviously never strapped on a pair of skates!

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