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Quick Hits: Tomas Holmstrom Retiring, Jimmy Howard Starts

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Tomas Holmstrom will officially announce his retirement before the Wings home opener. Jimmy Howard will be starting, at the very least, the first two games of the season.

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Wings coach Mike Babcock says Howard starts and starts and starts and starts if he plays well | Red Wings Front
This is Jimmy Howard's team.

Detroit Red Wings Tomas Holmstrom to announce retirement Tuesday prior to home opener | MLive.com
Have to imagine the Red Wings will honor him somehow before puck drop.

Todd Bertuzzi skates but can't finish Red Wings practice because of sore groin | Detroit Red Wings | Detroit Free Press | freep.com
At least it's not his back.

Red Wings’ defense is a question mark - The Macomb Daily
It could make or break the season.

ALL-STAR TRIO | Official site of the Grand Rapids Griffins: News Releases
Hopefully Goose won't be playing in the game because he'll be in Detroit.

Around the NHL

Power rankings panelists favor Rangers
Wings got 2 votes to win the Central.

In Honor Of Claude Giroux We Present Other Great Captains In History | Barstool Sports: Philly
Thought it was facisnating that a Philly sports/smut blog would put Steve Yzerman on their greatest captains ever list. But who in the blue hell is "Stevie Blades" or " The Ticallian Stallion"? And it's Hockeytown, not Hockey Town. It always annoys me when people spell it that way. Regardless, good stuff Barstool Philly.

Watch a backyard ice rink come together in 28,000 time-lapse photos (VIDEO) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
This is cool.

Will the NHL soon "figure out" Steven Stamkos as they did Ovechkin? | Backhand Shelf | Blogs | theScore.com
I hope not. And I hope they stop "figuring out" Ovie. The game is more fun when he's scoring awesome goals.

New to Hockey, Help would be great - Pension Plan Puppets
Hey, this guy is from Los Angeles and decided to get into hockey...by becoming a Maple Leafs fan. He's either very brave or very dumb.

Exclusive: 'Lennay Kekua's' Farewell Letter To Manti Te'o. - Progressive Boink
Hahahahaha

Let's Go Red Wings.