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Lidstrom Still Has His Game

from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,

Nicklas Lidstrom didn’t win his seventh Norris Trophy in 2009-10. The upside of that was it prevented the geniuses who organize the NHL’s awards ceremony from spelling his name “Lindstrom,” the way they did two years ago.

The downside was those who voted for the award – a group of which this writer is a part – passed on the chance to recognize Lidstrom for quite possibly the most brilliant season of his Hall of Fame career.

Lidstrom posted his lowest offensive totals since the lockout this past season and the fourth-lowest production of his 18-season career. But those who watched his game closely point out Lidstrom was every bit as brilliant at both ends of the ice as he has been at any point in his tenure as an NHL player

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perfection's avatar

hell yeah… a stunning take from the hockey news if i do say so myself. lidstrom may indeed be technically in “decline” as some in these parts like to argue apparently to hear themselves talk, but he is at this time, hands down one of the best d-men in the league. and he will be next year if he plays. and the year after that. this guy would probably be in the top 50% of NHL d-men in his 50’s. he has faced the wear and tear of a 30 year old because of his intelligence and anticipation. the man is perfection and us wings fans have been simply blessed to see this guy game in and game out for as long as we’ve seen it. this is a guy that has to be considered in the top 5 of all hockey players in the history of the world. and the world has barely noticed. if the team can stay healthier this year, Lids will be back on that Norris ballot without a doubt.

Posted by perfection from LaLaLand on 08/01/10 at 10:03 PM ET

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If he was every bit as good at both ends yet posted his lowest points totals, then it was not the most brilliant season he’s had wink

Posted by Shane on 08/01/10 at 10:14 PM ET

Primis's avatar

As a Wings fan, I have to counter-point this article.

Lidstrom had a TERRIBLE start to the season, there’s no kinder way of putting it.  At least by his standards anyways.  I doubt anyone would have noticed were it not for the fact he’s usually so… perfect.  He was very human and prone to mistakes though early on.  He got caught gambling a couple times when he of all people should have known better.

That said, I still thought he was Norris-worthy.  Certainly more than that joke of a d-man in DC that was nominated even though he never actually plays defense…  and I still wouldn’t trade Lidstrom for any other single d-man in the game right now.  Not a one.

Posted by Primis on 08/01/10 at 10:46 PM ET

Nathan's avatar

Lidstrom slipped a tad this season. But he’s still Norris-worthy. And because of the injuries the team suffered, it’s hard to tell if the little bit Nick slipped was due to “dwindling skill” or simply the tough situation he was put in.

We should know more this season, but one thing is for sure—even if he has lost a half-step and isn’t quite as “perfect,” he’s still the best defensive player in the league, and still a top ten offensive defenseman.

Posted by Nathan from the scoresheet! on 08/02/10 at 10:10 AM ET

Rdwings28's avatar

consider he was carrying the team for half the season when injuries required the Red Wings to bring up five and six players from the Griffins, and Jason Williams.  The leadership was there. Of course scoring was down, he had to make up for the lack of time the team was able to keep the puck in the offensive zone. The injured list was merciless, Zetterberg, Helm, Kronwall, etc etc. My goodness, making the playoffs in the Central division this was a worthy feat in itself for TPH. Norris worthy,? hell yes, Norris and more.

Posted by Rdwings28 on 08/02/10 at 10:26 AM ET

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