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Tomas Holmstrom could be the odd man out going into next season.
By Rhys Richards (@RREsq)
On Tuesday, the Red Wings cleaned out their lockers. As with the end of every season, questions abound. Some are questions the organization has faced before, but Detroit will also encounter new dilemmas this off-season.
Many hockey fans will wait with bated breath once again as team captain Nicklas Lidstrom takes a few months to decide whether he will return for a 21st season.
Lidstrom told the Detroit Free Press that the biggest factor was “motivation. I’ll sit down and talk with my family as well, see what we want to do. I won’t make a decision soon.” General Manager Ken Holland described the wait as “Game 7,” but the organization has grown used to making decisions on Lidstrom’s time in the past few seasons.
This off-season, another career Red Wing and key ingredient to the team’s success in the past 15 seasons, Tomas Holmstrom, faces the same decision as his close friend Lidstrom and his n...
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Chris Note: As I am still mourning the loss of a Winged loved one, DetCapC19 came thru with a great guest post. Enjoy. There’s been a lot said about Johan Franzen over the course of both this season and our recent playoff failure.
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As Paul noted, Red Wings fans can at least take some small solace in knowing that the NBC Sports Network will air a good chunk of the World Championship‘s later-round games, allowing us to watch Henrik Zetterberg, Johan Franzen, Jonathan Ericsson (all playing for Sweden), Valtteri Filppula (Finland), Tomas Tatar (Slovakia), Jakub Kindl (Czech Republic), Jimmy Howard, Justin Abdelkader...
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Zdeno Chara of...
Given our little discussion regarding the underwhelming nature of Red Wings GM Ken Holland’s comments regarding his team’s plans in terms of possibly signing free agents, I’ve had this nagging voice in my head wondering whether Holland’s comments had something to do with the CBA which the NHL and NHLPA must negotiate this summer.
The CBA which the NHL essentially wrote by...
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