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Homer don’t play that: Tomas Holmstrom tells Ted Kulfan he’s a Red Wing for life

Via RedWingsFeed, what, did you think that Tomas Holmstrom’s agent was doing anything more than blowing smoke? Seriously? Yeah, right. Tomas Holmstrom told the Detroit News’s Ted Kulfan that he will only wear Red Wings red and white, despite Howard Gourwitz’s claims to Expressen’s Oscar Brostrom:

“Not true at all,” Holmstrom said. “It’s playing in Detroit, or nowhere else.”

Holmstrom is training as he has the past 15 summers preparing for an NHL schedule. But he isn’t sure if he’s ready for the grind of another season.

“I appreciate Kenny giving me this time to think about things,” Holmstrom said. “I’m training, I’m working out. But a lot of it depends on my health, my knees.”

Will there be room for Holmstrom, 39, even if he does want to return for another season? The Wings signed forwards Mikael Samuelsson and Jordin Tootoo in free agency and have 15 NHL-caliber forwards on the roster — not counting Holmstrom. But that doesn’t faze him.

“I think so,” said Holmstrom, when asked if he believes there’s still room for him. “If I play my game, play my role, I know I can help this team. It’s great to see Sammy (Samuelsson) back, he’s going to help our team. And you need a guy like Tootoo, a disturber, a guy who can get in the other team’s face. Those guys will help.”

Holmstrom will be talking to Ken Holland about his future next week, but this weekend, he’ll be heading up I-75 (if I see him, I’ll stop and give him a hug):

He will be grand marshal for the DTE Energy National Cherry Festival’s Cherry Royale Parade on Saturday in Traverse City. Holmstrom has been in four Stanley Cup parades and knows the routine. But he’s never been a grand marshal before, waving and smiling non-stop on a lengthy parade route.

“They told me it’ll take about an hour to go the whole way,” Holmstrom said. “I’m really looking forward to it. This should be a lot of fun. It’s supposed to be real hot, about 90 degrees, but that’s OK. Being in Traverse City for the Cherry Festival, we’ve never done that before. The family is excited.”

 

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OlderThanChelios's avatar

Tomas Holmstrom told the Detroit News’s Ted Kulfan that he will only wear Red Wings red and white, despite Howard Gourwitz’s claims to Expressen’s Oscar Brostrom

There has to be a special place in hell for agents like Gourwitz.

Just as there surely is a special place in heaven for guys who can take an almost unlimited amount of abuse and, after being cross-checked and slashed, can get up and go right back to doing their rightful (and righteous) job.

Number 96 may never make it to the rafters at The Joe. But there’s no doubt he’ll be permanently embedded in the brains of all true Red Wings’ fans.

In almost any other year, Homer would be owed a spot on the upcoming roster. But at this point in time, the Wings need to make room for the “youngsters.” I just hope that Homer is given a role in which he can teach players like Abby, Tootoo and Andersson (if the latter makes the team) how to make their ass a “pain in the face” of opposing goaltenders.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 07/13/12 at 01:41 AM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

“Not true at all,” Holmstrom said. “It’s playing in Detroit, or nowhere else.”

Love you, Homer.

And what “OlderThanChelios” said.

cool smile

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 07/13/12 at 11:19 AM ET

SYF's avatar

There has to be a special place in hell for agents like Gourwitz.

Dante’s Inferno has liars in the Ninth Circle of Hell - the coldest place.

Gourwitz needs a BC two-hander across his mouth.

Posted by SYF from Zata's Epic Viking Beard on 07/13/12 at 03:56 PM ET

redxblack's avatar

The wings need to have that “ring of honor” for players who were hugely important, but not so important to retire their number. Only Montreal or Denver would retire the number of someone of Homer’s stature.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 07/13/12 at 04:24 PM ET

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