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Sedin on Lidstrom

Craig Custance at Sporting News interviews Vancouver’s Daniel Sedin today, and elicits a bit of a mixed compliment from one Swede about another:

SN: There’s a possibility that fellow Swede Nicklas Lidstrom could retire this summer. What would that mean to the league to lose somebody like that?

Sedin: It would mean Detroit would be a worse team. He’s such a big part of that team. Looking back last year, he’s still a very effective player. It would be sad to see him retire.

SN: With that in mind, would you be surprised if he did?

Sedin: He’s old. So I wouldn’t be surprised. He still has a lot of years left. If his body is healthy I think he can be very, very good.

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Sedin is soft. It sounds like he’s chirping a little bit. I know he isn’t but it sure feels like it.

Posted by Kyle from Tecumseh on 06/03/11 at 06:27 PM ET

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After watching the Canucks this post season, I have zero respect for the diving twins. He’s not even worthy to be discussing such a class act like Lids.

Posted by Wings_in_NYC on 06/03/11 at 06:35 PM ET

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My respect for captain Henrik Sedin was nullified when Rypien grabbed that fan earlier in the year. If you watch the video Sedin was the closest player to Rypien as it happened. He just did his best to get away as quickly and quietly as possible as Malhotra and Bieksa were diving across the bench to get a hold of him or the fan. Sedin, the captain, quietly left the bench and skated to the other end.

Their diving in the playoffs has almost been as bad as Kesler’s. Actually, not close, they’re pure finesse and Kesler can play like a bull in between dives and fake injuries.

Posted by NathanBC on 06/03/11 at 07:01 PM ET

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I will admit that I am a Canucks fan right off the bat. That being said, reading this transcript in no way, shape or form makes me think that Sedin (Daniel, by the way—not the team captain) doesn’t show respect for Lidstrom. Lets see what he says:

1) Detroit would be a worse team without Lidstrom. That is a compliment.
2) He’s a big part of the team. I don’t think anyone would argue with that.
3) He’s still a very effective player. That’s a compliment (particularly in the context of discussing Lidstrom’s possible retirement).
4) It would be sad to see him retire. Doesn’t sound like that’s a chirp.
5) He’s old. So Sedin wouldn’t be surprised. In the context of the question (possible retirement), and in the sheer reality that very few NHL players play to the age he has, that is objectively true.
6) If his body is healthy, I think he can be very, very good. Again, objectively true in every way. This is a compliment, and notes that injuries are a reality—-I’m pretty sure that was a reason Rafalski just retired, and a reason many NHLers do.

Posted by Dave from Ontario on 06/03/11 at 08:48 PM ET

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