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Report: Tomas Holmstrom set to retire


The Detroit Red Wings are set to lose another long-time member to retirement.

Goalie menace and power play goal scorer Tomas Holmstrom is set to call it a career according to Chuck Pleiness of the Macomb Daily in Michigan.

Earlier in the summer, it was believed Holmstrom and Nicklas Lidstrom’s fates would be intertwined as they’re very good friends. When Lidstrom announced his retirement, Holmstrom was still undecided on his future as recently as September.

Instead, at 39 years-old he’ll be retiring from the game and leaving behind a legacy that sees him as a folk hero in Detroit and despised by fans and goalies everywhere else.

In 15 seasons in the NHL, all with the Red Wings, Holmstrom won four Stanley Cups and finished with 243 goals. He also earned a reputation for bringing misery to opponents in front of the net thanks to his posterior and his stick work.

Detroit will likely give a shot to youngster Gustav Nyqvist to earn a larger role with the team and provide the goals they’ll lose with Holmstrom’s retirement.

Mike Comrie calls it a career

Mike Comrie

It was a short career, but an eventful one for Mike Comrie.

The 10-year NHL veteran announced his retirement from hockey today after playing in 589 games with seven different teams. Sportsnet’s Gene Principe reports Comrie’s announcement comes just two weeks after having surgery on his hip.

Comrie finished his career with 168 goals and 365 points. He played in just 21 games last season with the Pittsburgh Penguins before having his season ended thanks to injury. Twice Comrie was a 30-goal scorer, once with Edmonton and Phoenix each, and scored 20 goals or more three other times.

Of course, you might remember him more in recent years for marrying Hollywood starlet Hillary Duff. If you can’t win a Stanley Cup, finding a lovely bride makes for a decent win in life as well.

Getting to retire at age 31 and play the part of house dad just helps everyone get even more jealous of the guy that gets to coast on the earnings of The Brick furniture store chain in Canada, which his father Bill founded over 40 years ago.

Mike Grier calls it quits after 14 seasons and no new job offers

Mike Grier

Mike Grier probably didn’t want to go out like this but after 14 seasons in the NHL, he’s calling it quits. In a career that saw him start and end with the Buffalo Sabres — while playing in Edmonton, San Jose, and Washington in between — Grier was the consummate grinder.

Grier would never win nor play for a Stanley Cup, but his value to his teams was immense. After coming out of Boston University where he was a physical menace with a powerful goal scoring ability, his game adapted well to the NHL.

While he was able to score a few goals early on, he changed into a solid checking forward. That ability to fit into the game and the systems he played is what made him such a true professional.

All that ability, unfortunately, wasn’t enough to see him land a new job this offseason as Grier’s final games were played against the Flyers in the playoffs last season. If nothing else, Grier leaves the game with a hard-hitting legacy that won’t be forgotten.

NHL Network, NHL.com will cover Mike Modano’s retirement press conference today

Mike Modano

One could probably claim that Mike Modano’s is part of the reason there is a U.S. version of the NHL Network, so it only makes sense that both NHL.com and NHL Network are going the extra mile to cover his retirement announcement.

Both the league’s official Web site and channel are scheduled to carry his 2 pm ET press conference today. Along with streaming live on NHL.com, the Dallas Stars’ Web site will also stream Modano’s presser. NHL Network also debut a tribute program called “American Icon” at 6 pm ET on Saturday.

PHT will keep an eye on the press conference today and we’ll also provide some thoughts on “American Icon” if it’s interesting enough on Saturday. It’s great to see the league give Modano’s retirement the treatment and attention it deserves.

Mike Modano will retire as a Dallas Star, after all

Mike Modano

Plenty of Hall of Fame players spent the vast majority of their careers with one team, only to leave – and look just wrong – in a different uniform for a season or two.

Most of the time, those situations didn’t end up very pretty for anyone involved. For every instance in which a player makes their former clubs eat crow (see: Jerry Rice’s resurgence with the Oakland Raiders), there are several minor disasters. Off the top of my head, here are some obvious examples of ugly changes of scenery.

  • Emmitt Smith grinding it out with the Arizona Cardinals.
  • Patrick Ewing being ineffective the Seattle Sonics and Orlando Magic; Hakeen Olajuwon spending his last season with the Toronto Raptors.
  • Finally, for more “vintage” examples: Johnny Unitas wearing a Chargers uniform and Bobby Orr’s final days with Chicago Blackhawks.

For Dallas Stars fans, Mike Modano’s final season was even worse than those examples because he suited up with one of the team’s most hated rivals, the Detroit Red Wings. When this first happened, Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk was chastised for “running Modano out of town,” which was absurd since the team probably stuck with their franchise player for at least 1-2 seasons beyond his usefulness. (That much was made clear by a flop of a final season in Detroit in which Modano scored just 15 points in 40 games.)

Either way, it was sad that Modano left the game with a whimper, especially after his rousing final game with the Stars. On the bright side, the Stars announced that they “signed” Modano to a one-day contract today. In a rather adorable gesture, the “amount” of the contract will be $999,999, an ode to Modano’s number 9. (The Stars won’t have to pay him anything since he retired.)

“This is a special day for all of us,” said Nieuwendyk. “Mike Modano will always be the face of this franchise. He means so much to our organization and all of our fans. We wanted to give him the opportunity to retire as a Dallas Star. Mike has given his heart and soul to this game for over 30 years. On behalf of the entire organization and the National Hockey League, we would like to thank him for his dedication.”

The one-day contract for a beloved franchise star is a heart-warming and time-honored gesture. Relating back to those previous examples of players suiting up with new teams in awful ways, Smith and Rice were among the greats who signed one-day contracts upon retirement with the franchises they had been inextricably linked to.

Considering Modano’s impact on the Stars franchise – and USA Hockey in general – it’s great to see this happen. In fact, it wouldn’t be surprising if Modano becomes a member of the team’s front office in the near future, if he decides to go in that direction.

Speaking of Modano’s importance to the Stars, we’ll leave you with the franchise records he holds, via the team.

Games Played:     1,459
Goals:     557
Assists:     802
Points:     1,359
Overtime goals:      9
Penalty Shots:     4
Goals in a season by a center:     50 (1993-94)
Hat tricks in a season:      3 (1998-99) – tied w/4
Power play goals:     156
Shorthanded goals:     29
Even-strength goals:     372
Game-winning goals:     92
Most 20-Goal Seasons:     16
Most 30-Goal Seasons:     9
Power play assists:     331
Shots:     4,194
Highest +/- in a season:     +43 (1996-97)
Playoff Games:      174
Playoff Goals:     58
Playoff Assists:     87
Playoff Points:     145