Thank You, Homer

By now, you have to have seen the Tomas Holmstrom retirement presser. If not, here it is. It’s definitely the best of the recent Red Wings retirement press conferences.

It’s just not going to be the same without Homer around. I consider him to be one of the most important Wings of his era, despite the fact that he wasn’t a great skater or of much value on the defensive side of the puck. He was the focal point of the offense for years and we’ll be talking about who will be replacing him on the power play for years, I’m sure. It won’t happen, but I would not argue if his number were to be retired.

Because nobody’s going to come close to what he did every night. No one will be able to match the commitment and tolerance level he showed out front. Nicklas Lidstrom wasn’t the only once-in-a-generation player the Wings have lost to retirement, even if he was on a whole other level. I wonder if Homer was able to have such an unemotional presser because he truly knows he left it all on the ice.

Thank you a great career, Homer—good luck going forward!

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