Abel to Yzerman
by IwoCPO on 05/31/12 at 09:20 AM ET
No summer in history is as pivotal to the success of the Detroit Red Wings as the one that begins in 3 hours. There are mandates and guarantees have been made. Signings that were “nice-to-haves” yesterday are now required. That’s the business side.
From another angle, there’s this: the greatest defenseman in history is retiring at 11am EST. In history. The third greatest Red Wing of all time. The one guy that most of us have literally grown up watching: gone.
It’s no longer an if or a when. Now it’s down to 3 hours and it’s a certainty. Nick Lidstrom is retiring and we’ll go ahead and live blog it.
I suppose the appropriate approach to this would be to suggest we fill the comment section with our fondest Lidstrom memories. Table the collateral effects of his retirement until tomorrow or tonite? Yes, I’m sure that’s what we should do.
But we won’t. This is too huge. Topics to discuss while we wait? I’ve got a few:
—Yes, Lidstrom’s legacy. Absolutely. I’ll stand behind my statement above. Best ever. No Canadien(an) writer would ever agree with that or they’d be stoned with balled up Horton’s coffee cups. But he was and he is.
—Nearly thirty years of pure class with the “C”. No team on earth has had this kind of leadership for so long. Yzerman and Lidstrom will be, and should be, considered a tandem of excellence.
—Next captain? Zetterberg. I wouldn’t be surprised if that little mystery isn’t solved before 11:30 AM. Do I agree? Perhaps, though something tugs at me that says Datsyuk is a better choice. Darren Helm, Herm, will have his time. Of that I’m sure.
—Suter: thy must be done. Period. And not just him. Ken Holland’s summer starts at 11 plus however many seconds it takes 5 to say goodbye. This is Holland’s legacy, his Opus. This summer will dictate the next decade for Detroit. No excuses. None. February 28th cannot be the constant. It has to be the exception. If not for the impotence of that day, this day may not be happening. Hopefully Tick Tock learned that lesson. Suter: a must have. Parise: if he goes anywhere but home to his house in Jersey, it has to be Detroit. And, yeah, I want that kid Schultz, too. It would literally take that kind of movement, on three different levels, to make up for the loss of Lidstrom.
Best ever: gone. Best franchise in sports: reeling. Interesting summer ahead? Yep.
It’s a Live Blog, bitches. Not the one we wanted, but it’s the one we’ve got.
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