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Chewbacca does not live on Endor and Tomas Holmstrom will not play for Chicago

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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I’ve got an equally realistic scenario:
Obama: “I’m sick of the pressure from my fellow Democrats.”
Romney: “I know the feeling.”
Obama: “Hey, why don’t we trade parties? I’ll run as a Republican, you can run as a Democrat!”
Romney: ” Great idea! Let’s do it!”

Sometimes dreaming/brainstorming speculation quickly dies out with just a wee bit of research and thought,....

Rest well, George, the end of the hysteria is coming Sunday and we need you there.

Posted by Bugsy on 06/30/12 at 02:05 AM ET

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Don’t retire yet, Homer.

Posted by Hippy Dave from Portland by way of Detroit on 06/30/12 at 02:39 AM ET

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the end of the hysteria is coming Sunday

You mean the START of the hysteria, right?

Posted by godblender on 06/30/12 at 02:45 AM ET

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Depends. The end of the speculation hysteria will end. If we’re going to get hysterical, at least it should once teams can actually SIGN players, rather than come up with off the wall thoughts like Jesse’s in the article. The speculation won’t end, but at least there’s going to be some meat to the stories (e.g., “AP—Nashville Mike Ilitch called from his cellphone outside of Zach Parise’s door at 12:01” etc.)

Posted by Bugsy on 06/30/12 at 02:53 AM ET

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George?  Not every article written by someone has truth in it.  If the impossible happened I would be more pissed at the organ-i-za-tion because Homer has given all he has and if he feels he has one more season in him then… trust him.  If he doesn’t have it anymore he will find out soon enough.  Are we going to lose a player who has given more or done more for the team?  Loyalty is a two way street or it means nothing.

Posted by calquake on 06/30/12 at 03:42 AM ET

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This was posted for the sole reason of illustrating how loony speculation is getting, even from established media types. It’s nuts, and it’s gonna get worse over the next 30-some hours.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 06/30/12 at 03:50 AM ET

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I thought it was pretty clear to me, but egads, how many errors I made (end repeated, Parise and Nashville). It’s almost as bad as the speculation. If anything, maybe just linking to the worst of it will give you some rest, rather than quoting it, and you can focus on Sunday. You’ve done that before with posts you wouldn’t touch with a ten foot pole, George.

Posted by Bugsy on 06/30/12 at 04:13 AM ET

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ladies and gentlemen of the supposed jury….

“If Chewbacca lives on Endor, you must acquit”

Unfortunately, I could see Brodeur signing with Chicago…but I think it’s a ploy to get NJ to sign him for market rate…

Posted by dca from in Mich on 06/30/12 at 04:25 AM ET

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It would be sad to see him leave his franchise team (Brodeur).  I respect the guy.

Posted by Hippy Dave from Portland by way of Detroit on 06/30/12 at 04:43 AM ET

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Next entry has more substance. Go read. Then comment. Move along raspberry

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 06/30/12 at 04:53 AM ET

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Don’t retire yet, Homer.

Please retire, Homer.

Posted by Garth on 06/30/12 at 11:50 AM ET

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