DETROIT MI - DECEMBER 22: Roberto Luongo #1 of the Vancouver Canucks tries to look around Tomas Holmstrom #96 of the Detroit Red Wings in a game on December 22 2010 at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit Michigan. The Wings defeated the Canucks 5-4 in overtime. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

Tomas Holmstrom Plans To Take His Time With Decision On Retirement

Tomas Holmstrom has made it clear that he only wants to play in Detroit, and he is planning to take his time with a decision on retirement.

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Tomas Holmstrom Still Hasn't Decided On Retirement

Unrestricted free agent forward Tomas Holmstrom has planned to meet with the Detroit Red Wings to discuss his future in the NHL -- he has already revealed that the Red Wings are the only NHL team he would consider signing with-- but recently he told Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press that he will take his time with the decision:

"I have not decided what I'm going to do," Holmstrom said [on Friday]. "I will take my time."

The 39-year-old veteran is playing the waiting game along with everyone else as the NHL and NHLPA attempt to work out a new Collective Bargaining Agreement while the Sept. 15 expiration date on the current CBA creeps closer. According to the piece by St. James, Holmstrom's family wants him to keep playing, but he is still determined to take his time and make sure it is the right decision to return.

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Tomas Holmstrom Only Wants To Play For The Detroit Red Wings

Over the next week, Tomas Holmstrom and the Detroit Red Wings will be meeting to determine the fate of the 39-year-old forward to see if the two sides can come to an agreement on what seemingly would be Holmstrom's final professional contract in North America.

Some outlets have speculated that Holmstrom may be too old for the Red Wings' plans and he would be forced to play with another franchise. However, Holmstrom has made it clear that he will either be playing in Detroit next season or he won't be playing at all. Via the Detroit News:

A report on the Swedish website HockeyExpressen.se suggested otherwise.

"Not true at all," Holmstrom said. "It's playing in Detroit, or nowhere else."

Holmstrom is training as he has the past 15 summers preparing for an NHL schedule. But he isn't sure if he's ready for the grind of another season.

"I appreciate Kenny giving me this time to think about things," Holmstrom said. "I'm training, I'm working out. But a lot of it depends on my health, my knees."

Holmstrom went on to add that he isn't concerned about his role being affected because he believes he still can help the team with his contributions.

He has spent all 15 of his NHL seasons with the Red Wings, playing in 1,026 games over that span.

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Tomas Holmstrom To Decide Future By 'Next Week'

On Wednesday afternoon, the Detroit Red Wings and Tomas Holmstrom announced that the two sides would be coming to a decision on the 15-year veteran's future by next week at the latest.

Considering that he is getting up there in age and that his good friend Nicklas Lidstrom retired earlier this offseason, there are plenty of components that need to be considered before this decision is made. Via MLive.com:

"I wanted to give him a lot of time (to think about it)," Holland said. "It's been tough for him. His best friend was Nick Lidstrom. And he sees a lot of the players he grew up with have retired. He's battled. He's played a hard 1,000 games.

Red Wings general manager Ken Holland plans to meet with Holmstrom in the coming days.

"I want to sit and talk to him," Holland said. "Homer knows there's a lot of competition. No one knows as well as Homer does of how hard he's worked and how hard he has competed and how hard he's gone to the hard areas for over 1,000 games since 1996.

"That's a conversation that him and I need to have and talk it over."

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Red Wings Not Planning To Make Decision On Tomas Holmstrom's Future Until July

After Nicklas Lidstrom announced his retirement on May 31, Tomas Holmstrom made it sound like he would announce a decision about his future sometime in June. He was still undecided at the time, but a decision was expected to come down at some point this month.

Now it looks like the plan is for Holmstrom to wait until July to figure out his future. This is because the Red Wings aren't planning on deciding on whether or not Holmstrom will be offered a contract until July.

Holmstrom told the Free Press on Monday that he spoke to general manager Ken Holland and "they're going to decide (in the) beginning of July what's going to happen."

Based on what Holmstrom said, the Red Wings' decision on his future likely won't be made until they have a better idea of what their roster will look like next season. In other words, a decision will be made on Holmstrom after free agency begins and the first wave of signings/trades happens. At that point, the Red Wings will know if they have room for Holmstrom, and they will decide if they want to re-sign him or not.

Considering Holmstrom seems content with waiting to hear the Red Wings' plans, his decision on retirement will likely come down to whether or not he receives a contract offer. If the Red Wings want to bring him back, it sounds like Holmstrom is willing to play another season. If the Red Wings decide he's not in their plans, however, then Holmstrom will likely retire.

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Red Wings' Tomas Holmstrom To Make Decision On Future Soon

Now that Nicklas Lidstrom has retired, Tomas Holmstrom will make a decision on his NHL future very soon.

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