Tomas Holmstrom is pleased he and the Red Wings came to terms on a new contract, which will pay him $3.75 million over the next two seasons. From Chris McCosky of the Detroit News:
"I never wanted to go anywhere else," Holmstrom said. "I want to finish my career here. I've been here 14 years and had a lot of success winning four Stanley Cups. I wanted to stay here and get one more chance, at least, to win another Cup before I retire.
"That was part of my decision. The other part was that my wife and my kids they really like it here. So, it doesn't really come down to money at this stage of my career."
His agent, Howard Gourwitz, reiterated the importance of the role Holmstrom's family in making this decision:
"We definitely wanted the two years," Gourwitz said. "The last time we negotiated we wanted four years and we got three. This time the two years was very important to Tomas and his family."