Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 12/04/09 at 10:36 AM ET
from Robert Tychkowski of the Edmonton Sun,
There aren’t many who’ll argue that the six-time Norris winner and four-time Stanley Cup champion—more durable than Bobby Orr, more complete than Paul Coffey—is one of the best ever.
“If you need a goal, he’s out on the ice, if you’re protecting a lead, he’s out on the ice,” said Draper. “He’s been so valuable to this hockey club for what he does day in and day out.”
And now, with Detroit hurting on the blue-line, they’re leaning on the 18-year veteran more than ever.
“First and foremost he’s the smartest player there is,” said Detroit netminder Chris Osgood, who’s been benefiting from Lidstrom’s poise, experience and subtle, pressure-relieving decisions for 13 years. “He’s like a Peyton Manning in football, a really smart player who’s also a great athlete, which makes him a superstar. But what amazes me is the consistency night in and night out.”
That’s why he has the highest plus-minus rating in the NHL since breaking into the league in 1991 (plus 414).
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