The Red Wings net front presence will make a decision on his future by next week 'for sure.'
Tomas Holmstrom, the 39-year old Swedish warrior has met with Ken Holland to discuss his future once before July 1st, but now is the time that Holmstrom has to really think about life after hockey.
His role was diminished last season, but he still played on the powerplay. He was not as effective as he has been in the past, but no one comes close to his skill in front of the goalie, deflecting shots and being a pest.
While Holmstrom may still want to play, the Red Wings may not have room. With promising youngsters Tomas Tatar and Gustav Nyquist pushing for spots and Mikael Samuelsson and Jordin Tootoo in the fold, Detroit has too many forwards.
The Red Wings could always offer Holmstrom a tryout and see how he does and where he could fit in. There are pending moves that the team may make that might open up a spot for him, but with all the abuse he's taken over the years, it might be time to call it quits.
With Zach Parise locked up in Minnesota for the next 10 years, the list of remaining free agent power forwards has trickled down to only a handful, and the Red Wings are looking for someone to fill in a gap without having to sacrifice their own players in a trade for a forward still locked in a contract.
After all the hype and nigh-certainty that the two biggest names on the UFA market were coming to Hockeytown for a run at the Cup, Detroit fans were shocked to hear that Zach Parise and Ryan Suter have both signed with the Minnesota Wild,
The two highly-touted free agents both landed matching 13-year, $98 Million contracts.
According to a report from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune, unrestricted free agent Zach Parise has returned to his native Minnesota and has not yet made a decision on where he will sign.
It had been assumed that Parise's decision had been made when it was announced that he would meet with reporters on Monday afternoon. Parise merely told reporters that a decision had not been made and that he would not put a deadline on when he would choose.
The teams rumored to be in the running for Parise are the New Jersey Devils, the Chicago Blackhawks, the Philadelphia Flyers, the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Detroit Red Wings, and his hometown Minnesota Wild.
Something has got to give. The Detroit Red Wings made four signings today, two of which are forwards. This is a strange predicament the Red Wings are in. They have $17 million left in cap space and are still in on the Zach Parise sweepstakes.
Parise will likely make a decision by tomorrow, but with Jiri Hudler out of the picture, the Red Wings still need a top line winger, which might come in the form of Parise or Alex Semin (or possibly Hudler, although unlikely).
The Jordin Tootoo and Mikael Samuelsson signings give Detroit 16 forwards under contract, not including Justin Abdelkader, who is an RFA, or Tomas Holmstrom, who is UFA.
In a league where you usually dress 12 forwards a game, 16 is too many. Factor in a spot for Abdelkader and a Parise type player, and that's 18 forward spots. What is Ken Holland going to do?
The Detroit Red Wings are finished making free agent signings today, locking up four players.
Early in the day, they agreed to terms with goalie Jonas Gustavsson to back up Jimmy Howard. Next came the expected announcement of inking Swiss forward Damien Brunner to a one year, two way deal.
The head scratchers came when the Wings brought back Mikael Samuelsson, who was on the 2008 Stanley Cup Champion team. After stints with the Vancouver Canucks and Florida Panthers, Samuelsson is back in Hockeytown. He is a right handed shot that can play the powerplay.
Goaltender Jonas Gustavsson has signed a two year deal with the Detroit Red Wings for $3 million a year. The cap hit is a modest $1.5 million.
Gustavsson played last year with the Toronto Maple Leafs, posting a 17-17-4 record with a 2.92 goals against average and a .902 save percentage.
Gustavsson signed with the Leafs in the summer of 2009, and if anyone remembers, the Red Wings were one of the teams in the mix for him.
Jimmy Howard will start next season, but Gustavsson will push him for games. Joey MacDonald is also in the mix, but 'The Monster' will most likely push him out of the way. MacDonald has back issues and a one way contract, and if Gustavsson beats him out of the backup role, MacDonald will be waiver to Grand Rapids.
Gustavsson's first choice was to go to Detroit. His rights were traded to Winnipeg a few days ago, but nothing transpired.
A ‘Russian Rocket’, a ‘Sudden’ Swede, a Burnaby Joe, and the John Stockton of hockey make up the 2012 class of Hockey Hall of Fame inductees.
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With the news of the Detroit Red Wings agreeing to terms with Swiss forward Damien Brunner, head coach Mike Babcock had some very interesting things to say in the media regarding Brunner's role next season.
Babcock sees Brunner as a top six forward right now and has him pencilled in on the top two lines.
Here are some quotes from Babcock:
“Can he adjust and play the North American game? We’re going to give him every opportunity. He’ll be a top-six forward to start with us and see where he goes with us.''
“I know a lot about him because I went to the World Championships (in May) and watched him play. The thing for us is he’s high, high paced, he scores, looks like he has tons of skill."