Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Alanah McGinley on 06/05/08 at 12:23 AM ET
From Eric Duhatschek at the Globe & Mail,
Few remember any more, but nine years ago, Nicklas Lidstrom thought about leaving the Detroit Red Wings to return to his native Sweden. It wasn’t a money grab, either. In the pre-salary-capped NHL, the Red Wings weren’t about to lowball their rising star on the blueline, the second runner-up for the Calder Trophy in his rookie season and a player they projected would one day win a Norris Trophy.
No, Lidstrom considered it purely for personal reasons. His children were approaching school age; if they grew up in the Detroit area, would they ever be able to settle back into Swedish life, upon the end of his playing career? Lidstrom discussed the topic with family and friends and ultimately was convinced he could have the best of both worlds — a professional life in North America; and remain true to his Scandinavian roots.
Lidstrom’s decision altered the course of many lives and the direction of an NHL organization. Where would the Red Wings be without Lidstrom leading the way?
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