Here are the latest Detroit Red Wings news and rumors for July 12, 2012:
• Tomas Holmstrom’s hockey future could be decided soon, “if not in the next couple of days, for sure next week,” GM Ken Holland said. Holmstrom has played 15 seasons with the Red Wings but has seen his ice time drop dramatically in recent years — he saw the bulk of his minutes on the power play and fourth lines last season.
Detroit’s also overstocked on forwards after signing free agents Jordin Tootoo, Mikael Samuelsson and Damien Brunner. Still, the Red Wings are extremely loyal to their players (almost to a fault), and Holland has given Holmstrom plenty of time to figure out if he even wants to come back for another year.
If he does, then the decision will fall on Holland. Does Detroit have room for its long-time agitator? — MLive
• In addition to announcing that there would be two alumni games preceding this year’s Winter Classic, the Red Wings and Maple Leafs unveiled the names of several players that plan to suit up for those exhibitions. Detroit will feature Hall of Famers Gordie Howe, Ted Lindsay and Alex Delvecchio, as well as more recent Wings like Chris Osgood and the four different members of the Grind Line (Kris Draper, Darren McCarty, Kirk Maltby and Joey Kocur). — Globe and Mail
• The Plymouth Whalers will be part of the Hockeytown Winter Festival as well, as they’ll take part in an OHL doubleheader on Dec. 29 at Comerica Park. And the Whalers couldn’t be happier to be included in the event. — HometownLife.com
• Mike Modano, who closed out his NHL career with an injury-shortened 2010-11 season in Detroit, was named to the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame’s Class of 2012 on Wednesday. Modano was joined in the class by Eddie Olczyk and Lou Lamoriello. — USA Today
• The Red Wings held “Bryan Rufenach Day” at their prospect camp in Traverse City on Tuesday to honor the memory of Rufenach, who died in June after being accidentally electrocuted during a trip to Switzerland. Nearly 800 fans came out to watch the Wings scrimmage, and the event raised more than $2,000. — Freep
• Finally, a little free agency news. While the Wings have been treading lightly after missing out on Zach Parise and Ryan Suter, they will eventually have to fill a couple holes within the organization. A pair of defensemen who had been in the Wings’ system, Garnet Exelby and Logan Pyett, signed elsewhere this week after spending last season with the Griffins. Exelby landed a one-year, two-way deal with the Bruins; Pyett reached a matching contract with the Rangers. — SBNation