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08:26 AM ET 05.23 | Just how badly Tomas Holmstrom wants to play could complicate Detroit's offseason. If Holmstrom says he's done with professional hockey, well, that's that. If Holmstrom says he wants to play on, the Wings will have some hard thinking to do. ... It's been nearly a month since the Wings cleaned out their lockers. At that time, Holmstrom said himself how hard it is to be effective as a fourth-line player and power play specialist; Babcock, on the same day, stated just as clearly that's that what Holmstrom is now. Holmstrom may well decide that four Stanley Cups and a thousand NHL games is enough. But if he wants more, the Wings have a tough decision on their hands.

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Mike Babcock, Icon Sports Mike Babcock, Icon Sports
May 23, 2012  08:57 AM ET

hang on Tomas..help is coming...doesn't he read these dispatches? everyone is coming to Detroit

May 23, 2012  09:31 AM ET

It could be worse Tomas, you could be on the Avery line.

May 23, 2012  09:44 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

hang on Tomas..help is coming...doesn't he read these dispatches? everyone is coming to Detroit

and when they all get there, every game will have to be overtime just so all the superstars can get playing time...........

May 23, 2012  09:44 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

hang on Tomas..help is coming...doesn't he read these dispatches? everyone is coming to Detroit

Well that's why he has to rethink...he doesn't want to have to play on the 5th or 6th line.

May 23, 2012  10:02 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

hang on Tomas..help is coming...doesn't he read these dispatches? everyone is coming to Detroit

True. But then, he'll find himself in the minors to make room for all those good UFAs coming to Detroit. ;-)

May 23, 2012  10:08 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

hang on Tomas..help is coming...doesn't he read these dispatches? everyone is coming to Detroit

This is precisely why he'll be a 4th line player at best.

May 23, 2012  10:09 AM ET

Truthfully, I don't think Holmstrom's got anything left in his tank. It might work if all the Wings ask of him is to stand at the top of the crease and create havoc for opposing goalies. He's very good at it and, that's a job nobody else wants anyway.

May 23, 2012  10:16 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Truthfully, I don't think Holmstrom's got anything left in his tank. It might work if all the Wings ask of him is to stand at the top of the crease and create havoc for opposing goalies. He's very good at it and, that's a job nobody else wants anyway.

Didn't Phis Esposito make a career doing just that?

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May 23, 2012  10:24 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Truthfully, I don't think Holmstrom's got anything left in his tank. It might work if all the Wings ask of him is to stand at the top of the crease and create havoc for opposing goalies. He's very good at it and, that's a job nobody else wants anyway.

That's basically what he did this year. And did well, cuz he had something like 11 PP goals. But he's always been a master at that. And you can't say really he's lost a step, because he never really had a step. This year was basically the last they could pull out of him with a limited role. You would think the only way they keep him around is to keep Lidstrom happy, since they're such great friends.

May 23, 2012  10:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Didn't Phis Esposito make a career doing just that?

Yep. And, for the most part, so did Holmstrom.

May 23, 2012  10:26 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

It could be worse Tomas, you could be on the Avery line.

Hey now!!

May 23, 2012  10:27 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Didn't Phis Esposito make a career doing just that?

And nobody did it better.

May 23, 2012  10:34 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

And nobody did it better.

no one...

May 23, 2012  10:43 AM ET

Tomas should call it a career...he's done a great job at causing goaltender fits.
If you've been watching closely...he's taking some really bad penalties in retaliation situations.
santa is right...he never really had a step to lose so that's not the issue...but I think they let him go into the sunset like they did with Draper.

May 23, 2012  11:11 AM ET

If Holmstrom says he's done with professional hockey, well, that's that.

he's going to play in Long island or Columbus?

May 23, 2012  11:16 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

And nobody did it better.

He had some great wings to make it happen for him though, but credit where do, he go the job done.

May 23, 2012  11:20 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

If Holmstrom says he's done with professional hockey, well, that's that.

he's going to play in Long island or Columbus?

Nice. The Buttgoblin will get you for that.

May 23, 2012  11:26 AM ET
QUOTE(#18):

Nice. The Buttgoblin will get you for that.

I can just see him coming after me....(in best bert lahr voice)
"Put 'em up.....Put 'em up"

 
May 23, 2012  11:27 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Didn't Phis Esposito make a career doing just that?

Tomas plays good in front of the net, but his puck-handling isn't even close to Esposito, it's his shortcoming.

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