Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 09/20/05 at 08:34 AM ET
The Red Wings might have to change the color of that winged wheel on their jerseys to blue. That's the dominant color of the Swedish national team jersey. With as many as seven Swedes possibly making the roster this season, the Swedes certainly have become noticeable. "There's never been this many Swedes before," said defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom, the veteran of the group. "It's a different feeling." "It's nice," said forward Tomas Holmstrom, looking around at his teammates one day last week in Traverse City. "There is a lot. I'm not sure what's happening." Nothing is happening, according to general manager Ken Holland. No secret plan, nothing to do with the rule changes, favoring offense and skating. "Just a coincidence," Holland said of the growing number of Swedes on the Wings roster. Along with Lidstrom, Holmstrom and Henrik Zetterberg, others certain to make the final roster are defensemen Niklas Kronwall and Andreas Lilja, and forward Mikael Samuelsson.
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