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by George Malik on 06/01/12 at 12:43 AM ET
This was found and posted in an evening post about Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom’s retirement, but on a day that marks the end of an era—and the beginning of a mourning period for Red Wings fans as Nicklas Lidstrom has chosen to retire—Tomas Holmstrom spoke to the Windsor Star’s Dave Waddell and the Wings’ media corps for five minutes, and while he may be repeating Lidstrom’s presser in a few weeks, something tells me there will be tears…
And lots of laughter. Watch Homer and smile, folks, because Red Wings Nation’s faces have been too long today, my own included:
Update: Thankfully, the London Free Press’s Morris Dalla Costa was nearby:
“I’m going to miss him for sure especially since he’s moving back to Sweden,” Holmstrom said. “Whatever happens to me, I will stay one year and see what happens. He is my best friend. He took care of me my first year, helped me get a car, a place, showed me the ropes. We had a lot of laughs.”
Before the press conference former Wing Darren McCarty said to Holmstrom, “I’ll get you some tissues.”
“I’ll need them,” Holmstrom said.
“It’s a sad day for the Detroit Red Wings,” Holmstrom continued. “He didn’t know what he was going to do. ‘Yes, no. No, yes. Maybe. I have no idea.’ He was all over the place.”
But if there was one thing Holmstrom knew about Lidstrom it was how good and calm a leader he was.
“I don’t think he gets mad,” Holmstrom said. “I never hear him raise his voice to his kids. He’s pretty calm. He never raises his voice at me even when he’s pissed at me. He says ‘now Tomas, relax, breathe.’ ‘’
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