Holmstrom's Future, Quincey Goes to Arbitration, More Updates
The Red Wings net front presence will make a decision on his future by next week 'for sure.'
Tomas Holmstrom, the 39-year old Swedish warrior has met with Ken Holland to discuss his future once before July 1st, but now is the time that Holmstrom has to really think about life after hockey.
His role was diminished last season, but he still played on the powerplay. He was not as effective as he has been in the past, but no one comes close to his skill in front of the goalie, deflecting shots and being a pest.
While Holmstrom may still want to play, the Red Wings may not have room. With promising youngsters Tomas Tatar and Gustav Nyquist pushing for spots and Mikael Samuelsson and Jordin Tootoo in the fold, Detroit has too many forwards.
The Red Wings could always offer Holmstrom a tryout and see how he does and where he could fit in. There are pending moves that the team may make that might open up a spot for him, but with all the abuse he's taken over the years, it might be time to call it quits.
In other news, Kyle Quincey has filed for arbitration. This means that no team can sign him to an offer sheet and the team and Quincey can still negotiate, but if no deal is reached, then an arbitrator will decide for them. The Wings can either accept it or walk away, making Quincey a free agent.
Quincey, acquired for a 1st round pick at the trade deadline, did not live up to his $3 million plus salary. Detroit has to offer at least 85% of his old salary to qualify him. The idea of Quincey getting a raise may baffle some, but consider the sample size of his paly in Detroit was not that big and he will likely be better next year.
Lastly, the Red Wings are in the Shane Doan and Rick Nash sweepstakes. The free agent Doan has waited for the Phoenix Coyotes' financial situation to resolve itself for four years, but now there is another roadblock, making Doan consider moving to another team. He still wants to sign in Phoenix, but he also wants to win.
Nash on the other hand has sent in a list of teams he would be willing to be traded to, and Detroit is on the list, although highly unlikely that he will be traded at all. GM Scott Howson is asking for basically a whole team in return for the left winger. The other teams on the list include Pittsburgh, Vancouver, Boston, Philadelphia and the New York Rangers.