Homer Stays Home: Detroit Red Wings Sign Holmstrom To Two Year Deal

June 4th, 2010 by Matt Hutter Leave a reply »
The Detroit Red Wings have re-signed UFA forward Tomas Holmstrom to a two-year, $3.75 million contract.

The deal will pay Holmstrom $2.25 million in 2010-11 (his salary from last year) and $1.5 million in 2011-12, for an extremely cap-friendly hit of $1.875 million per season.

Drafted by the Red Wings in 1994 as the 257th overall pick, Holmstrom was not expected to have a particularly noteworthy career.

However, once he began his career in Detroit in the 1996-97 season, he quickly proved his worth through his willingness to take significant abuse and punishment in front of the opposition's net in effort to set screens and score on deflections.

Thirteen years later, Holmstrom, nicknamed The Demolition Man, is widely considered the best net-front player in the NHL and has five 20+ goal seasons to his credit.

Holmstrom, 37, battled with significant injuries in the 2007-08 and 2008-09 seasons, severely limiting his effectiveness.

However, last season Holmstrom rebounded into form, scoring 45 points (25 G, 20 A) in 68 games with a plus-five rating.

In 164 playoff games, Holmstrom has amassed 88 points ( ...

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