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Quick Hits: Tomas Holmstrom Retiring, Jimmy Howard Starts

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 |
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 |
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 |
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 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

Let's Go Red Wings.