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Whoa. This one came out of nowhere, as Holland’s moves typically do. Nick Lidstrom has extended for two more years.
The Wings just announced they have signed defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom to a two-year extension that runs through 2009-10. Lidstrom was in the final year of his contract, earning $7.6 million.
“Nick has been the best defenseman in the world for several years”, Holland said in a statement. “He’s a great captain and role model who does everything right both on and off the ice. We’re proud to have him continue as a Red Wing for another two years.”
No indication as to whether the money is for more than the 7.6 he’s currently making…
More from TSN. No word on salary.
Updated 1255 EST: More from the Freep’s George Sipple,
Quick update from Red Wings practice in St. Louis.
Mark Hartigan has been recalled from Grand Rapids (AHL) for tonight’s game against the Blues.
Henrik Zetterberg (back spasms), Tomas Holmstrom (knee) and Kirk Maltby (knee) are not going to be in the lineup tonight for the Wings.
Mark Hartigan’s been recalled on an “emergency basis.” No word yet as to who isn’t ready (Zetterberg or Holmstrom). Diggers aren’t on this one yet, but will be soon…I’m assuming.
Good point from Nathan below: If Hartigan’s been recalled, it could very well mean neither player is ready.
Tomorrow, the official A2Y Christmas Wish List. It’s going to be exciting, I can tell you that. Today? We do a little digging, and a little scrounging for blog content we can steal and take full credit for. It’s the Christmas way.
Now I know why we didn’t hear much from recently-engaged A2Y contributor Team Dub last night. We’ve got late-breaking footage (stolen from Japers’ Rink) of him at last night’s Cap/Islander game.
Hey. Here’s a Sunday stat that will warm your
Did you wake up wondering how pathetic the Detroit News coverage of the Wings is? Really? Good, then this will shed some light.
Michael Farber can point to December 4th as the day he became the Minnesota Wild’s worst enemy. After months of serious research, that was the day he declared St. Paul as “America’s new Hockeytown.”
Three days after that the Wings outshot the Wild 34-19 and swirlied them to the tune of 5-0. And three weeks after that? All it did was get worse.
After another dominating victory over the Minnesota Wild, Detroit Red Wings center Kris Draper packed his bag in front of his locker and was asked where he was headed.
“I’m going back to Hockeytown,” he said with a smile.
F’ing A right you are.
Igor Grigorenko has been recalled from Russia and will play on the Wings third line with Dennis Derosiers and Saline Policeman Chad Dana, 1987 standout for the Arthur Hill Lumberjacks. Dana, typically a stay-at-home defenseman said he’s comfortable playing the wing, even after a 20 year absence from organized hockey.
No, none of that’s happening. It was a gratuitous slam at Grigorenko, a tribute to my favorite Saginaw Gear and a not-so-subtle salute to my drunk friends from my hometown. Good enough?
Back spasms, according to Anti-digger Bruce MacLeod.
The biggest news from Saturday’s morning skate is that Henrik Zetterberg won’t play tonight because of back spasms. With Tomas Holmstrom back in Detroit with a bone bruise in his right knee, Mark Hartigan has been called up to give the Red Wings 12 forwards. Hartigan wasn’t at the morning skate.
Zetterberg will rest his back over the Christmas break and see how he feels on the other side.
“I’m not too worried,” said Zetterberg. “There’s been a lot of games played. I feel a little bad today. Hopefully, I get three days off, I’ll feel a little better after Christmas. Of course I want to play tonight, but if you think, be a little smart, you get a few days off and hopefully it won’t get worse. ... Today was the first time it was bad enough to not go out there. We decided not to play. It’s been pretty good lately. Overall for the year, it’s been good and bad days, but overall it’s been good.”
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Wasn’t it just yesterday that the Wings were cruising along with a sizable lead in the Division That Gary Built? Those were the days, eh? Well, after Thursday’s loss to the martyr and the little Blues, the Central lead has dwindled to a worrisome 17 points.
Yes, that’s sarcasm. Revel in it. Here’s something. Worried about the Blues? I’d guess that answer is no. But if you are, take note of this number: 42. It’s an amazing number and I’ll tell you why.
Updated 2024: Ted Kulfan, former Deep Digging Captain, reports that Chris Chelios did not take the news he’d be staying home tonite well.
“What do you want me to say? I’m happy about it?” said Chelios, who definitely was not happy with the news.
Derek Meech will take Chelios’ spot in the lineup. This is the third time this season that coach Mike Babcock has sat Chelios, 45, for the second of back-to-back games.
“I could play him, but I’ve said from day one, and we’ve had this same conversation all the time, I told him the first half of the year this is going to happen,” Babcock said. “We’re going to need him at the end of the year. He doesn’t like it, but that’s life.”
Sometimes, when I’m kicking the bejesus out of Dive fans, just drilling them day after day because it makes me smile? Well, sometimes, I get sad because Bitter Blues fans think I’ve forgotten them.
That’s not true. It’s not true at all. It’s just that, well, the little Blues have never defeated the Wings in a playoff series so it’s kind of a debate ender, you know?
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