Detroit Red Wings or Bust: Has Tomas Holmstrom's Tenure in Hockeytown Ended?

Eric SteitzAnalyst IIIJuly 15, 2012

Has Detroit seen the last of No. 96? Tomas Holmstrom discusses a 16th NHL season
Has Detroit seen the last of No. 96? Tomas Holmstrom discusses a 16th NHL seasonGregory Shamus/Getty Images

Early reports said that Tomas Holmstrom would play for other NHL teams besides the Detroit Red Wings. Holmstrom dismantled that report on Thursday saying "It's playing in Detroit, or nowhere else."  

The 39-year-old Swede is a group three unrestricted free agent and has spent 15 seasons in the NHL, all of them in Hockeytown.

The aging winger has been a consistent fixture in the Red Wings lineup for nearly two decades. He has played in at least 60 games in 11 of 15 seasons, accruing 1,026 games in the red and white.

Holmstrom played in 74 games last season but registered just 24 points, his lowest total since 1997. With production down and age up, is Holmstrom's tenure in Detroit over?

The Red Wings have acquired two forwards this offseason. The Wings picked up fellow-Swede Mikael Samuelsson from Vancouver/Florida and Jordin Tootoo from Nashville.

Samuelsson played in 20 less games than Holmstrom last season but had seven more points.

Tootoo played in 77 games and tallied 30 points. He didn't have a point in three playoff contests with the Preds.

While Holmstrom has become a household name in Detroit, has he earned a spot for his 16th season?

With all the new additions, including the Red Wings first pick in the 2012 draft, Martin Frk, will Holmstrom be offered another contract or have we seen the last of No. 96?

According to the Detroit News, the Red Wings have 15 NHL-caliber forwards on the roster, without Holmstrom. 

Holmstrom is set to meet with general manager Ken Holland within the next two weeks to discuss another season.

With the Central Division as competitive as ever, should the Wings give Holmstrom another year?