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Should Tomas Holmstrom Return For Another Year?

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Within the next couple of weeks, Red Wings general manager Ken Holland plans to meet with Tomas Holmstrom to discuss his future.

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.

Holmstrom is a special, special player to the Wings. He’s been with them since 1996, has helped them win four Stanley Cups, has been a huge part of the phenomenal success the franchise has enjoyed since the mid-90s. He’s something of a folk hero for the way he didn’t let a dearth of skill and speed stop him from living his dream. He’s pioneered playing in front of the net. He’s aggravated many an opposing goaltender, deflected many a teammate’s shot.

He’s also 39 years old, and has played more than 1,000 NHL games, and hard games at that. His knees are a perennial point of soreness for him. He’s still got that knack for getting to the front of the net and hovering there, an asset that’s been a huge part of the Wings’ power play success for a decade and a half, but his effectiveness has been limited by the emphasis on shot blocking by penalty killers. He can’t deflect shots if the puck never gets near him.

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Trade Fil keep Homer.

If he wants to come back, let him. Was it a rough year for Homer, you bet. But he was more effective then Fil in playing way less minutes. If it appears I don’t like Fil, your right. His game isn’t built for the playoffs. He was forced to the outside way too much, and never got into the dirty areas. I think Fil would be a great trade asset with this being his most productive year. I’d rather see Hudler back, because he did get in those dirty areas.

Posted by T on 05/22/12 at 05:34 PM ET

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If they can figure out how to have Homer play normal minutes not on the fourth line then it would be great to have him around.  Having him on the fourth line is useless because he’s slow, isn’t a great skater and basically his one use is as a net-front presence.

The best thing is that if the Wings can really improve their depth to have three “talent lines”, with Homer on one of those lines, rather than having him be a slow skater on an energy/checking line.

Posted by Garth on 05/22/12 at 06:08 PM ET

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Holmstrom is a special, special player to the Wings.

He’s still got that knack for getting to the front of the net and hovering there

The best thing is that if the Wings can really improve their depth to have three “talent lines”, with Homer on one of those lines

Yes, Homer should be back.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!! in ’13

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 05/22/12 at 09:12 PM ET

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I dunno, his output is down to that in ‘02, and you know how that year went…

Posted by Hippy Dave from Portland by way of Detroit on 05/23/12 at 05:00 PM ET

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