The Malik Report
by George Malik on 06/30/12 at 01:44 AM ET
The man has three kids who play hockey in Novi. He’s so rooted in the community that, unlike almost every other Swede that’s ever suited up in the NHL, he says he wants to stay in the U.S. for a couple of years before deciding whether to move home or apply for permanent resident alien’s status—and he once suggested that he might apply for U.S. citizenship. He’s the man who will miss Nicklas Lidstrom the most, the man who will probably retire from hockey rather than go anywhere other than Detroit (and here’s hoping that the Wings raise his hockey pants to the rafters, two inches in front of a “shooter tutor”), but such is the free agent frenzy at present…
That ESPN Chicago’s Jesse Rogers, after talking about the Blackhawks’ desire to land Ryan Suter, Martin Brodeur and Jason Garrison, dares to suggest the impossible:
If the Hawks miss on Suter, it’s not clear if they have another All-Star caliber player in mind. There’s no sure-thing second-line center on the market this offseason. Also, Chicago isn’t the only marquee franchise with money to burn. The Detroit Red Wings have about $24 million in cap space. They are in more need of a top defenseman after the retirement of Niklas Lidstrom and could use a forward or two with Jiri Hudler and Tomas Holmstrom becoming free agents on Sunday.
Speaking of Holmstrom, even at 39, he’d be an upgrade on the power play in front of the net. Hawks’ players talked of missing that kind of net presence every power play needs—they even tried 37-year-old Jamal Mayers there last season for basically the first time in his career. They were and still are, desperate.
Ten of Holmstrom’s 11 goals last season came on the power play. That would have led the Hawks. He would be a specialist, but a good one if he plays near to form. It’s the role that Brunette was unable to take ownership of despite some good moments—he just didn’t have enough of them. Holmstrom might retire if he doesn’t re-sign with the Wings, but couldn’t the Hawks make a decent offer for him to move west a few miles for one season? It makes sense on several levels.
No, just no.
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