In Detroit, people are wondering with 39-year-old Tomas Holmstrom will be returning for his sixteenth season.
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.”
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.
In general, regarding Wings prospects who end up cracking the NHL line up, they usually get a cup of coffee two or three years after they’re drafted, and go full time four years after they’re drafted.