In a few days, there will no longer be any player left from the 1997 and 1998 Detroit Red Wings Stanley Cup Championship teams. With Nicklas Lidstrom already retired, his longtime friend and fellow Swede Tomas Holmstrom is expected to retire before the lockout shortened season begins.
A report suggested that Holmstrom had already informed the Red Wings of his decision during the lockout, but the Wings wanted to wait until the lockout was over to make the announcement.
Holmstrom is one of the best players of all time in front of the net. He took severe punishment from defenders and goalies, which got him the nickname "Demolition Man."
Ken Campbell wrote an interesting yet laughable article for The Hockey News about Washington Capitals' star Alexander Ovechkin's 'evolving superstar status' in which he compares Ovie to Red Wings legend Steve Yzerman.
Here is an excerpt from Campbell's article:
When Steve Yzerman reached the crossroad of his career, he had the option of going one of two ways. He could either continue as a one-way offensive dynamo or he could reinvent himself as a two-way player.
Had he taken the first option, there’s a good chance Yzerman would have never won a single Stanley Cup. Either he would have been dealt from the Detroit Red Wings or he wouldn’t have been able to provide them with the type of play they needed for him to lead them to three championships. Because he chose the latter, not only was he an integral part of three championship teams, but he also cemented his Hall of Fame credentials and his status as one of the greatest leaders and players of all-time.