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by George Malik on 01/13/13 at 07:22 PM ET
Updated at 7:50 PM w/ the Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness confirming the news: If you missed it in the first training camp, day 1 post, the Free Press's Helene St. James reported that the Red Wings will officially name Henrik Zetterberg their captain on Tuesday, and that Tomas Holmstrom will probably officially retire on Thursday or Friday...
The Red Wings are starting their campaign to win back fans angered by the lockout by having a free Red and White Game on Tuesday.
They plan to use that opportunity to anoint Henrik Zetterberg as the new captain. The announcement will be made before the 6 p.m. start of the game.
Zetterberg, 32, takes over for Nicklas Lidstrom, who retired last May. It's a job the Wings have been grooming Zetterberg for since last decade, when they placed his locker next to then-captain Steve Yzerman.
In other big news, the retirement of Tomas Holmstrom will take place either Thursday or Friday. The Wings want to have the press conference at Joe Louis Arena, which has been rented through Tuesday by Ford Motor Company in to prepare for the North American International Auto Show.
And MLive's Ansar Khan is confirming the news--and Khan also found that Zetterberg had to grit his teeth and pretend that he doesn't already know what's about to happen:
“When the word comes, it will be an honor, if that's the case,'' Zetterberg said. “I sat next to Stevie (former captain Yzerman) for a couple of seasons and been with Nick for a few years. There's been a lot of leaders here to learn from. Still a lot of leaders in here. Not just one.”
Coach Mike Babcock is not concerned about a leadership void.
“We had a guy named Steve Yzerman here that I thought was a pretty unbelievable captain,'' Babcock said. “When Stevie left, there was a huge void. Shanny (Brendan Shanahan) left at the same time. But they'd done a good job with Nick and Pav (Datsyuk) and with Z to pass it on. I think that's a big part of what happened here over the years and we're trying to continue to do the same thing. I obviously believe that Z and Kronner (Niklas Kronwall) and Pav are huge leaders and there's a great support group for those guys as well. I don't expect that part to miss a beat."
And, regarding Holmstrom:
Holmstrom retirement announcement near: Tomas Holmstrom will announce his retirement at a press conference at Joe Louis Arena Thursday or Friday.
Holmstrom told the club of his intentions well before the lockout ended, but the formal announcement had to wait until the work stoppage ended. Joe Louis Arena is booked through Wednesday due to a press preview event for the auto show.
“He's going to be surely missed in the locker room,'' defenseman Jonathan Ericsson said. “He just lifts up the spirit in the locker room every day. I hope we see him down there a few times.''
Update: The Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness is confirming the news regarding Zetterberg's captaincy...
Prior to Wings fans getting to watch a Red and White scrimmage at Compuware Arena Tuesday night, the organization will have an announcement to make. And it’ll be to name their new captain.
Henrik Zetterberg will get the honor.
“If it happens, of course I’m thrilled and I’m really honored if that would be the case,” Zetterberg said Sunday. “I sat next to Stevie (Yzerman) his last two years and I’ve been with Nick for many years.”
“We had a guy named Steve Yzerman here that I thought was a pretty unbelievable captain,” Wings coach Mike Babcock said. “I never coached him his whole career, I just coached him at the end. When Stevie left, there was a huge void for you. Shanny left at the same time. But they’d done a good job with Nick and Pav and with Z to pass it on. I think that’s a big part of what happened here over the years and we’re trying to continue to do the same thing.
“I obviously believe that Z and Kronner and Pav are huge leaders and there’s a great support group for those guys as well,” Babcock continued. “I don’t expect that part to miss a beat.”
And Pleiness confirms the likely time frame for Tomas Holmstrom's retirement presser as well:
Tomas Holmsrom made his intentions known to the Wings this offseason.
On Thursday or Friday the team will make it official announcing his retirement at a press conference at Joe Louis Arena.
“He’s going to be surely missed in the locker room,” defenseman Jonathan Ericsson said. “He just lifts up the spirit in the locker room every day. I hope we see him down there a few times.”
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