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Wings make offers

Prior to the Monday’s deadline, the Wings made qualifying offers to nine players to retain their rights when they become restricted free agents Thursday.

The list of players are Darren Helm, Justin Abdelkader, Patrick Eaves, Drew Miller, Derek Meech, defensemen Sergei Kolosov and Ole-Kristian Tollefsen, forward Jamie Tardif and goaltender Daniel Larsson.

They didn’t make offers to forwards Evan McGrath and Johan Ryno, making them unrestricted free agents.

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Wings schedule

Detroit Red Wings
2010-11 Schedule
Preseason
Sept. 22 at Pittsburgh 7 p.m.
Sept. 24 Chicago 7 p.m.
Sept. 25 at Chicago TBD
Sept. 26 NY Rangers 5 p.m.
Sept. 29 at NY Rangers 7 p.m.
Oct. 1 Toronto 7 p.m.
Oct. 2 at Toronto 7 p.m.
Oct. 3 Pittsburgh 5 p.m.

Regular Season
Oct. 8 Anaheim 7 p.m.
Oct. 9 at Chicago 8:30 p.m.
Oct. 12 Colorado 7 p.m.
Oct. 14 at Dallas 8:30 p.m.
Oct. 16 at Phoenix 9 p.m.
Oct. 21 Calgary 7 p.m.
Oct. 23 Anaheim 7 p.m.
Oct. 28 Phoenix 7 p.m.
Oct. 30 Nashville 7 p.m.

Nov. 3 at Calgary 9 p.m.
Nov. 5 at Edmonton 9 p.m.
Nov. 6 at Vancouver 10 p.m.
Nov. 8 Phoenix 7 p.m.
Nov. 11 Edmonton 7 p.m.
Nov. 13 Colorado 7 p.m.
Nov. 17 St. Louis 7 p.m.
Nov. 19 Minnesota 7 p.m.
Nov. 21 Calgary 5 p.m.
Nov. 24 at Atlanta 7 p.m.
Nov. 26 at Columbus 7 p.m.
Nov. 28 Columbus 5 p.m.
Nov. 30 at San Jose 10:30 p.m.

Dec. 3 at Anaheim 10 p.m.
Dec. 4 at Los Angeles 10:30 p.m.
Dec. 6 San Jose 7 p.m.
Dec. 8 Nashville 7 p.m.
Dec. 10 Montreal 7 p.m.
Dec. 11 at New Jersey 7 p.m.
Dec. 13 Los Angeles 7 p.m.
Dec. 15 St. Louis 7 p.m.
Dec. 17 at Chicago 8:30 p.m.
Dec. 19 Dallas 5 p.m.
Dec. 22 Vancouver 7 p.m.
Dec. 23 at St. Louis 8 p.m.
Dec. 26 at Minnesota 7 p.m.
Dec. 27 at Colorado 9 p.m.
Dec. 29 at Dallas 8:30 p.m.
Dec. 31 NY Islanders 7 p.m.

Jan. 2 Philadelphia 5 p.m.
Jan. 4 at Edmonton 9 p.m.
Jan. 7 at Calgary 9 p.m.
Jan. 8 at Vancouver 10 p.m.
Jan. 10 at Colorado 9 p.m.
Jan. 14 at Columbus 7 p.m.
Jan. 15 Columbus 7 p.m.
Jan. 18 at Pittsburgh 7 p.m.
Jan. 20 at St. Louis 8 p.m.
Jan. 22 Chicago 2 p.m.
Jan. 26 New Jersey 7 p.m.

Feb. 2 at Ottawa 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 4 Columbus 7 p.m.
Feb. 5 at Nashville 8 p.m.
Feb. 7 NY Rangers 5 p.m.
Feb. 9 Nashville 7 p.m.
Feb. 11 at Boston 7 p.m.
Feb. 13 Boston 12:30 p.m.
Feb. 17 at Tampa Bay 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 18 at Florida 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 20 at Minnesota 6 p.m.
Feb. 22 San Jose 7 p.m.
Feb. 24 Dallas 7 p.m.
Feb. 26 at Buffalo 7 p.m.
Feb. 28 at Los Angeles 10:30 p.m.

March 2 at Anaheim 10 p.m.
March 3 at San Jose 10:30 p.m.
March 5 at Phoenix 8 p.m.
March 9 Los Angeles 7 p.m.
March 11 Edmonton 7 p.m.
March 12 at St. Louis 8 p.m.
March 16 Washington 7 p.m.
March 17 at Columbus 7 p.m.
March 19 at Nashville 8 p.m.
March 21 Pittsburgh 7 p.m.
March 23 Vancouver 7 p.m.
March 26 Toronto 7 p.m.
March 28 Chicago 7 p.m.
March 30 St. Louis 7 p.m.

April 2 at Nashville 3 p.m.
April 3 Minnesota 5 p.m.
April 6 at Carolina 7 p.m.
April 8 Chicago 7 p.m.
April 10 at Chicago 4 p.m.

Wings schedule announced

There are many things that pop out at first glance at the Detroit Red Wings’ home schedule for the 2010-11 season.

— Twelve of their first 18 games are at home.

— Every Original Six team visits Joe Louis Arena this year.

— All night home games start at 7 p.m., 30 minutes earlier than in the past.

— Just 14 sets of back-to-back games.

The Wings open the season at home, Oct. 8, against the Anaheim Ducks. The very next night, they’re in Chicago for the Blackhawks home opener where their Stanley Cup banner will be raised.

And for the second time in the last three years, the Wings close the season with a home-and-home series with the Blackhawks.

Detroit will host Original Six rivals – Montreal (Dec. 10), New York Rangers (Feb. 7), Boston (Feb. 13) and Toronto (March 26). The Wings will also play in Boston, Feb. 11.

Other teams from the Eastern Conference visiting the JLA are Stanley Cup finalist Philadelphia (Jan. 2), Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals (March 16), Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins (March 21).

The Wings also play at the Penguins’ new arena, Consol Energy Center, on Jan. 18.

The New York Islanders come to down for Detroit’s annual New Year’s Eve game on Dec. 31.

The moving of night home games to 7 o’clock was based heavily on a survey conducted by Detroit’s senior vice president of business affairs, Steve Violetta. The majority of fans believed they were getting home too late after games that started at 7:30.

Homer will end career in Detroit

Tomas Holmstrom got his wish.

Just days after his Swedish-born teammate, Nicklas Lidstrom, inked a one-year deal to return to the Detroit Red Wings, Holmstrom re-upped with the club, signing a two-year deal worth $3.75 million.

“I want to finish my career here,” Holmstrom said during a phone interview Friday afternoon. “I’ve been here 14 years. This is my home. I’ve had a lot of success here. I wanted to stay here and get more chances, at least, to win another Stanley Cup before I retire.”

Holmstrom, who will make $2.25 million next season and $1.5 million the final year of the deal, has won four Stanley Cups with the Wings.

His agent, Howard Gourwitz, said after the season that Holmstrom wasn’t going to take a “hometown discount” on this deal and there was a possibility he would test the free-agent market. But in the end that proved never to be a serious option.

“I really never wanted to go anywhere else,” said Holmstrom, who made $2.25 million last season.

Two seasons ago, Holmstrom suffered a hernia and injuries to his knee and back.

This year his health was close to perfect, missing just 13 games in January with a broken foot after getting hit with a puck. He wound up with 25 goals, which was second most on the team, and had a team-leading 13 goals on the power play.

“My thoughts were more about retirement these last couple of years because of my injuries,” Holmstrom said. “I felt pretty good last year. My knee and everything else felt good. I had a lot of fun last season.”

Holmstrom, 37, was a 10th round draft pick of the Wings in 1994 and has made a habit of giving goalies fits with his net-front presence. He has 214 goals for his career, 102 on the power play, and 255 assists.

“You know your career is going to end, but you really don’t want it to,” Holmstrom added. “Playing hockey is something I’ve done my whole life. I think I love it more now than I did when I started.”

If Holmstrom remains in semi-good health, he will become just the sixth player to play 1,000 regular season games for the Wings. He has played in 879 thus far.

“You don’t think so much about that when you first get to the league,” Holmstrom said. “That for sure would be a great milestone to reach.

“My kids and wife really like it here,” he continued. “It really doesn’t come down to money for me at this point of my career.”

The Wings now have 17 players under contract for next season with a salary-cap hit of $52.3 million.

Last year’s salary cap was $56.8 million and is expected to rise slightly to roughly $58 million for next season.

Their next order of business is to try and work out a deal with unrestricted free agent Todd Bertuzzi, who expressed interest at the end of the season in returning to Detroit. Bertuzzi made $1.5 million last year.

The team is also expected to retain restricted free agents Patrick Eaves, Drew Miller, Darren Helm, Justin Abdelkader and Derek Meech.

It’s uncertain if the Wings will be able to resign unrestricted free agents Andreas Lilja and Kirk Maltby.

Jason Williams and Brett Lebda will not be resigned.

Homer inks two-year deal

Just two days after inking Nicklas Lidstrom to a one-year deal, the Wings have come to terms with Tomas Holmstrom.

According to published reports the deal is worth $1.875 million a season. Holmstrom made $2.25 last year.

Holmstrom, who has played 13 seasons in Detroit, scored 25 goals last season, 13 coming on the power play. He was the team’s fourth leading scorer despite missing 13 games with a broken foot.

Detroit now has 17 players signed for next season with a salary-cap hit of $52.3 million.

Lidstrom coming back

Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland confirmed that captain Nicklas Lidstrom will return next season after signing a one-year contract.

“After watching him the last half of the (regular) season and in the playoffs, I believe we have the best two-way defenseman in the world,” Holland said. “He’s excited to come back and we’re excited to have him back.”

Terms of the deal were not disclosed by Holland, but the Wings’ GM said his salary is less than what he made last season. Lidstrom made $7.45 million a year ago.

“He has given us extra salary cap space,” Holland said.

According to numerous reports Lidstrom’s salary will be slightly more than the $6 million his defense partner, Brian Rafalski, makes.