DETROIT, MI – JANUARY 22: Tomas Holmstrom #96 of the Detroit Red Wings sits next to Executive Vice President & General Manager Ken Holland as he announces his retirement before the NHL home opening game against the Dallas Stars at Joe Louis Arena on January 22, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. Dallas won 2-1 (Photo by Dave Reginek/NHLI via Getty Images)
By Rhys Richards (@RREsq)
Recently, career Red Wing and power play specialist Tomas Holmstrom hung up his skates after fifteen seasons with the team that drafted him 257th overall in the 10th round of the 1994 NHL Entry Draft.
Holmstrom recorded 243 goals and 287 assists in 1,026 regular season games in the winged wheel. He added 46 goals and 51 assists in 180 playoff games. In the regular season, Holmstrom contributed 122 power play goal and 107 assists and added 19 goals and 19 assists in the postseason.
Any NHL team would have a tough time replacing a power play specialist who scores over 50 percent of his career regular season goa...