NOVI, Mich. -- You can take Tomas Holmstrom off the Detroit Red Wings but you can't take him out of the state of Michigan -- at least not yet.
Holmstrom joined his closest friend, Nicklas Lidstrom, in retirement before the current season started. But unlike the former Wings captain, Holmstrom isn't quite ready to pack up his family and head back to Sweden.
"I'm going to stay for like, year and a half, two years," Holmstrom said. "Then we're going to probably move home. Then if it doesn't work, we keep the house and then move back here."
That's right, Holmstrom is planning to keep his options open. His children were all born in the United States and his family is used to living here, so heading back to Sweden might end up being too big of a change.
Holmstrom, who just turned 40 in January, is from Pitea, a city so far in the north of Sweden that his teammates often said he was from the North Pole. Sometimes the other Swedes joked that he was actually from Finland.