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by George Malik on 07/12/12 at 09:47 PM ET
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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