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Report: Holmstrom to Retire Before Season

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."

Holmstrom's Future, Quincey Goes to Arbitration, More Updates

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.

Too Many Forwards, What Does It Mean?

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?

Grading The Wings

It's the time of year where General Managers that are not in the playoffs assess their team's talent and see what needs to be done. Writers can do that too! The Checking Line - Red Wings Edition team of Kyle Busch, Rachel Bellono, Eric Huffman, A.K Bennett, Robert D'Aurelio and Justin Doddie gave every player on the Red Wings a grade and what they thought of their seasons

Gill Out, Black Aces Recalled

Hal Gill will be out of the Nashville Predators lineup for Game Four, still battling a lower body injury. The hulking 6 foot 7 Gill would give the Wings fits, blocking even MORE shots than they already have throughout the series.

The Red Wings have also toyed with moving Dan Cleary up to the top line, for what reason? I don't know. Cleary is a third line player at best. He doesn't score and isn't a setup man, so having him up on the top line while Gustav Nyquist rots with Cory Emmerton and Tomas Holmstrom makes no sense to me. Speaking of rookies, elevel Grand Rapids Griffins were called up to be Black Aces for the playoffs.

Red Wings Link Checks: 13/02/13

The Detroit Red Wings just tied an NHL record last night; 20 consecutive home victories. Henrik Zetterberg is finally scoring, the Winter Classic is coming to town next year, and the trade deadline talks heat up. Here's some of the best articles concerning the Wings:

FROM TCL:

A.K Bennett gives us a reality check about defenceman at the trade deadline.

Jonathan Ericsson is luckiest and worst player in the NHL, reports Eric Huffman.

Bennett also reports on the 20 straight home wins after a win against Philly.

Kyle Busch plays around with some possible Alumni rosters for the 2013 Winter Classic.

Why does Detroit need Jiri Hudler? Rachel Bellono tells ...

Deadline Reality Check: Defensemen

Like every other fan, I'll throw out a crazy trade possibility or nine this time of year. As hockey fans, it's typical to lose rationality in the month leading up to deadline day, an unofficial holiday in my book. 

As Red Wings fans, this tendency is even stronger due to past deadline deals that brought Hall of Famers such as Chelios to Hockeytown. The salary cap era has stifled Ken Holland's freewheeling deals but with the Wings sitting atop the standings with over $5 million in cap space, many think a big splash is coming.

I think the Wings are going to make a lot of noise... in the summer, especially if Lidstrom and Holmstrom retire an...

Tussle At the Top

The Red Wings will attempt to rise above .500 on the road and be the first to win a road game in their season series with Vancouver tonight. The teams have split the season series with both teams winning at home, Detroit 2-0 and Vancouver 4-2. Both teams are playing well, Detroit has won eight of nine and Vancouver was 7-2-2 in January. The Red Wings hold a 3 point lead over the Canucks for the top seed in the West. 

A win can put Detroit five points ahead of #2 Vancouver in the West and #4 Nashville for the Central lead. The Red Wings have also won three of their last five games at Rogers Arena. 

Todd Bertuzzi is the only Red Wing with multiple points against Vancou...

Shootout Success Supplies Sixteenth Straight At Home

 

The Red Wings are now riding a six game winning streak thanks in no small part to their new found success in the shootout. Detroit was able to secure their sixteenth straight win at Joe Louis by beating the NHL-worst Blue Jackets 3-2.

Detroit didn’t show much life at the start of the game and Ryan Russell of Columbus struck first at 8:51 off a rebound. The Red Wings tied it at 1 off a wicked wrister by Kronwall at 11:34 of the first. The only penalty in the first was a hooking call on Tomas Holmstrom. The Blue Jackets outshot Detroit 7-5.

The Red Wings came out stronger in the second and carried much of the p...

Hudler, Conklin 'Star' in Shootout Win

Jiri Hudler scored the tying goal in regulation and added the only marker in the shootout as the Detroit Red Wings beat the Dallas Stars 3-2 last night in Texas.

Ty Conklin stopped all three Dallas shooters to earn the victory in the battle of the back-up goaltenders. Richard Bachman started for the Stars and gave up an early goal from Tomas Holmstrom. Jan Mursak's hard work allowed him to send a pass into the low slot and Holmstrom teed up a cannon from the hashmarks that beat Bachman.

The Stars scored twice on some garbage Holmstrom-like goals by Brendan Morrow and Loui Eriksson.

Conklin made every stop after the first period, allowing Hudler's cross ice pass t...