Tag: Tomas Holmstrom

Tomas Holmstrom, Joe Thornton

Report: Teams expressing interest in Tomas Holmstrom


Tomas Holmstrom has spent all 15 years of his career with the Detroit Red Wings.

Could his 16th be in a different city?

It seems implausible the 39-year-old would sign anywhere other that Detroit, but two recent items have raised the possibility meter — albeit slightly.

Gregg Krupa of the Detroit News caught up with Wings GM Ken Holland and asked about Holmstrom’s future with the club. Noting that Holland was “using much the same language about Holmstrom as he did about Kirk Maltby and Kris Draper before they retired,” Krupa got this response:

“If we don’t move younger people in, we’re going backwards.”

Krupa also alluded to this report from Swedish website HockeyEspressen.se, in which reporter Av Oscar Brostrom spoke with Holmstrom’s Michigan-based agent, Howard Gourwitz.

The details (thanks to the power of Google translate):

— Several NHL clubs have expressed interest in Holmstrom, but he’s yet to decide what he wants to do.

— Holmstrom won’t go back to Sweden and play in the SEL. If he plays next year, it’ll only be in the NHL.

It also sounds as though Holmstrom (who’s headed back to Detroit soon — he might live there permanently, retirement or no) and Holland will talk in the not-too-distant future about what direction the Wings want to go.

According to Capgeek, Detroit currently has 15 forwards under contract at the NHL level, including a number of the “younger” guys Holland alluded to — Cory Emmerton (24 years old), Jan Mursak (24) and Gustav Nyquist (22).

Also, the Wings have yet to deal with RFA forward Justin Abdelkader.

Gustavsson to Detroit: two years, $3 million

Jonas Gustavsson

Goalie Jonas Gustavsson has signed a two-year, $3 million contract with the Detroit Red Wings. The Monster goes from Toronto (via Winnipeg) to serve as Jimmy Howard’s backup.

Gustavsson, 27, struggled with the Maple Leafs last season, posting a 17-17-4 record with a .902 save percentage. (Though to be fair, the guys in front of him didn’t make it easy.)

In Detroit, he’ll join fellow Swedes Henrik Zetterberg, Johan Franzen, Niklas Kronwall, Jonathan Ericsson, Gustav Nyquist and maybe Tomas Holmstrom.

UFA spotlight — Ryan Smyth

ryan smyth oilers

All week leading up to July 1, we’ll be profiling unrestricted free agents and speculating where they might end up.

Ryan Smyth (LW)

Age: 36

2011-12 cap hit: $6.25 million

The skinny:

Smyth is one of this summer’s most intriguing cases. After forcing a deal to Edmonton last summer, he famously stated “I bleed Oiler blue” — suggesting he was primed to finish his career in Oil Country.

Now he’s just days away from hitting the open market.

Compounding the matter is Smyth’s lack of leverage. Everybody knows Edmonton is where he wants to be and he’s on the downside of his career — 46 points in 2011-12 was his lowest total in four years.

It’s also hard to see how he’d fit on an Oilers team featuring Nail Yakupov, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Jordan Eberle, Taylor Hall, Sam Gagner and Alex Hemsky up front.

Well, it’s actually easy to see the fit. It’s on the third line.

And that brings up the question of money.

What would Edmonton pay a 36-year-old third liner? Many have pointed Milan Hedjuk’s deal with Colorado (one year, $2 million) as a comparable, which would be great for the Oilers but less so for Smyth, given it’s a pay cut of over $4 million.

Of course, Edmonton knows Symth wants to stay.

In the end, stubbornness may prevail. Smyth can probably find suitors — Detroit could use his net-front presence if Tomas Holmstrom retires, Rangers GM Glen Sather has always been a fan — or the Oilers could just walk away and accept the public relations backlash.

More UFA spotlights

Ryan Suter

Zach Parise

Jason Garrison

Jiri Hudler

Justin Schultz

Shane Doan

Alexander Semin