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September 9, 2012 | 10:24am ET
Holmstrom keeps pondering
TheFourthPeriod.com

While the NHL and NHLPA are running out of time to agree on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement, Detroit Red Wings veteran Tomas Holmstrom is taking his to make up his mind about his potential retirement.

Holmstrom, 39, intends to take his time reaching a decision about his future plans, even if the Detroit Free Press reports that he has little chance to re-sign with the Wings.

"I have not decided what I'm going to do," Holmstrom said. "I will take my time.”

The veteran forward wrapped up his two-year deal last season and could be tempted to call it quits after his best friend and former teammate, Nicklas Lidstrom, retired in May.

While he is adamant about playing in Detroit or nowhere else, the Wings already have 15 forwards under contract for the upcoming season.

They could have a 16th forward signed before the end of the week as restricted free agent Justin Abdelkader anticipates finalizing a new contract with the club before the CBA expires Sept. 15.

Holmstrom has struggled with injuries for the past six seasons, though he managed to play 74 games last year. He was limited to 11 goals and 13 assists for 24 points.

Meanwhile, the Wings have been looking to get stronger and younger and focusing on upgrading their blueline rather than adding grit up front.

However, Holmstrom is famous for his net presence and hard work and has become a strong voice in the locker room. Although his family is pushing him to return to the game, Holmstrom is expected to keep thinking it over. He is aware that he will need to keep fighting to earn a spot in the Wings' lineup.

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