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Longtime Red Wing Tomas Holmstrom expected to announce retirement before the start of the season

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One of Detroit’s biggest draft bargains looks like he’ll be hanging up the skates come the start of the regular season.

In a report by Mlive.com’s Ansar Khan, Red Wings veteran forward Tomas Holmstrom is expected to announce his retirement in the coming weeks during a press conference at the Joe Louis Arena.

Holmstrom reportedly informed the organization of his intentions a while ago however the team decided not to go public with the news during the lockout.

Now if the news of Holmstrom’s retirement is in fact true he will finish his career with 243 goals and 287 assists in 1,026 games played all with the Red Wings. This includes 122 goals on the power play which places him third on the Red Wings’ all-time list behind Steve Yzerman (202) and Nicklas Lidstrom (132). Khan notes that stats for power play goals weren’t kept well during the career of another Red Wing great Gordie Howe.

Holmstrom also took plenty of punishment as he stood in his “office” in front of the net taking countless numbers of cross-checks from goaltenders and shot deflections defenders and teammates in front of him.

Still the Red Wings got quite a steal in Holmstrom after drafting him with the 257th overall pick (10th round) in the 1994 NHL entry draft.

h/t: Mlive.com

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