The Detroit Red Wings could soon be ready to name their next captain and bid farewell to another member of their veteran core.
MLive.com is reporting the team soon will announce Henrik Zetterberg will be named captain, replacing Niklas Lidstrom, who announced his retirement in May.
Zetterberg, who will start his 10th NHL season -- all with the Wings -- when the 2012-13 season opens, has been an alternate captain since the 2006-07 season. The website is reporting Pavel Datsyuk and Niklas Kronwall will remain as alternate captains.
A 1999 seventh-round pick, Zetterberg has 624 points in 668 games, and 102 points in 109 Stanley Cup Playoff games. He was part of the Wings' 2008 Stanley Cup champions, and won the Conn Smythe Trophy after leading the playoffs in goals and points.
Another player on that championship team, Tomas Holmstrom, likely won't be returning for a 16th NHL season, as MLive.com is reporting.
Holmstrom, who will turn 40 on Jan. 23, won four Stanley Cups with Detroit and was considered one of the League's preeminent net-front presences. In 1,026 games -- all with the Red Wings -- the 1994 10th-round pick had 243 goals and 530 points. He had at least 10 power-play goals seven times in 15 seasons, and his 122 power-play goals are third in team history. He's also one of six players ever to skate in 1,000 games for the Red Wings.
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