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Holmstrom says he'll play only for Wings

Friday, 07.13.2012 / 4:09 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  / NHL Free Agency 2012 blog

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Holmstrom says he'll play only for Wings

Forward Thomas Holmstrom said Thursday if he returns to the NHL it will be with the Detroit Red Wings.

Holmstrom, 39, is deciding whether to return for his 16th season or retire.

Reports out of his home country Sweden said Holmstrom would consider playing for someone other than the Red Wings. He told the Detroit News that is not the case.

"It's playing in Detroit, or nowhere else," he said.

The newspaper said Holmstrom is training as if he is going to return, but he has not made a decision. He is expected to talk with general manager Ken Holland within the next two weeks.

"I appreciate Kenny giving me this time to think about things," Holmstrom said. "I'm training, I'm working out. But a lot of it depends on my health, my knees."

Holmstrom has 243 goals and 287 assists in 1,026 games, all with Detroit.

The Red Wings have acquired forward Mikael Samuelsson and Jordin Tootoo this offseason.

UPDATE: The Detroit Free Press reported on July 27 that the Red Wings and Holmstrom are expected to talk when Holland returns to Detroit next week.

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