Kirk Maltby: Saying Goodbye To a True Red Wing

May 31st, 2010 by Kyle Holland Leave a reply »
At the start of the 2010-11 season, it may be the first time since the 1996-97 season that the Red Wings will not have Kirk Maltby and Tomas Holmstrom in their line up. Holmstrom may still be a Red Wing next year, but it all depends on if Nicklas Lidstrom retires or how much of a pay cut he takes to play another season.

General Manager Ken Holland wants to do everything possible to make sure that number 96 is on the ice next year in a Red Wings jersey. Detroit's power play and scoring on the top line revolves around Holmstrom's huge caboose in front of the net, screening the goaltender, and banging in rebounds.

No one has done a better job in front of the net than Holmstrom has in his time as a Red Wing. He remains fearless in between the post as 90-100 mph slap shots are beamed at him from the blue line and from the perimeter.

We've watched Holmstrom the past 13 seasons make his living in front of the net—helping the Red Wings win four Championships in that time frame along with a game seven effort last year, in attempt to repeat as champions.

Holmstrom wants to remain a Red Wing as well; it just comes down to money and cap is ...

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