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Video- Nick Lidstrom’s #5 Goes to The Rafters

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“The gold would mean a lot. Talk in Sweden began to pick up when they were about to pick the teams. We know Canada’s going to be good, a lot of teams will, but Sweden will have high expectations.”

-Nick Lidstrom on Team Sweden.  Luke Fox of Sportsnet has more from Lidstrom, including Wings and Babcock talk.

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Lidstrom As A Scout

from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

Holland said the reason Lidstrom was asked to be a scout was because the Wings wanted to keep him in the organization with the hope that he would learn the ropes of the front office and still be a marketing asset to the team. Detroit has done the same in recent years with players like Steve Yzerman, Jiri Fischer, Kris Draper,Kirk Maltby and Chris Chelios.

The difference is those former Red Wings decided to retire and remain in or around the Detroit area, where they could be near the day-to-day operations of the team and always have direct contact with Holland and owners Mike and Marian Ilitch.

Since Lidstrom is comfortable with his decision to move back to Sweden, Holland said the organization is trying to find the positives in having such a well-known employee overseas.

The Red Wings want Lidstrom to attend tournaments with (Hakan) Andersson, to meet with draft picks, and to return to Detroit a few times a year to sit in on organizational depth-chart meetings and to do some promotional events for the team.

"With the stature he has in the industry and the little tricks of the trade that he knows, eventually when he's got a comfort level in being around us and dealing with us no longer as the player-captain, but instead is one of us, he'll start to understand the development, the drafting, the patience, the path that it takes to get a player from draft day to helping you win in the NHL," Holland said. "This is an opportunity for him to figure it all out.

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Watch The Lidstrom Press Conference

The Malik Report has a live stream up for the conference if you are interested in watching.

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Video- Is Lidstrom Really The Perfect Human?

Ask some of the Wings.

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Video- Gretzky Shocked To Hear Lidstrom Retiring

Wayne Gretzky talks about the great career of Nick Lidstrom.

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NHL Network Will Cover Lidstrom Press Conference

NEW YORK (May 30, 2012) – NHL Network will broadcast live and NHL.com will stream the Detroit Red Wings news conference featuring team Executive Vice President & General Manager Ken Holland and captain Nicklas Lidstrom tomorrow, May 31, beginning at 11:00 a.m. ET.

Before and after the news conference, NHL Network will air NHL 36: Nicklas Lidstrom beginning at 10:30 a.m. ET.

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Evening Line

“I hope he (Lidstrom) does [retire], and I love him.  I can’t talk about other teams’ players, but I admire him and I think he is one of the greatest. He is brilliant in how he plays.

“I said the first part jokingly. I hope he doesn’t retire. I think he is the standard of how we want people to play the game—the ultimate professional. I think he is one of the, when we’re teaching young defensemen how to play the game, I don’t think there’s ever been anyone as technically strong as him, and that includes everybody.”

-Doug Wilson, GM of the San Jose Sharks.  More reaction from Corey Masisak of NHL.com.

What does Steve Yzerman think of Lidstrom retiring?  Watch below…

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Lidstrom Press Conference Tomorrow

In case you don’t follow George Malik at the Malik Report, he is all over the Lidstrom conference tomorrow.

Most signs point to him retiring.

added 4:00pm, I’ve added a few Lidstrom videos below…

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Video- Lidstrom Talks

Dan Rosen of NHL.com caught up with Nick Lidstrom after the optional morning skate in New York.

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Video- NHL 36: Niklas Lidstrom Preview

via NHL.com,

NHL 36: Nicklas Lidstrom will air Wednesday, Jan. 25, at 6:30 p.m. on NBC Sports Network. The show will be followed on NBC Sports Network by NHL LIVE at 7 p.m. ET, and the Red Wings’ game in Montreal against the Canadiens at 7:30 p.m. Narration is provided by actor and Emmy Award winner Peter Coyote. The original score is the creation of accomplished composer Ferdinand J. Smith.

NHL 36: Lidstrom will re-air on the NBC Sports Network multiple times including Thursday, Jan. 26 at 5:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 27 at 9 a.m. and Sunday, Jan. 29 at 7:30 p.m. It also will air in the United States and Canada on NHL Network™ on Friday, Jan. 27 at 12 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 1 at 9:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 4 at 5:30 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 5 at 5 p.m. All times are ET.

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Lidstrom Picked For Next NHL 36

NEW YORK (Jan. 16, 2012) – The National Hockey League (NHL) and NHL Original Productions today announced Detroit Red Wings defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom as the next NHL player to be profiled in the all-access series NHL 36. The Red Wings icon, who has spent his entire career with the Detroit organization, is revered by teammates and management for his consistency, his preparation and his leadership.

NHL Original Productions cameras joined the Red Wings’ captain today and will follow him for 36 straight hours as Lidstrom prepares for and leads his team in back-to-back games: against the Buffalo Sabres at home tonight (7:30 p.m. ET, MSG-B, FS-D), followed by a trip to Dallas to take on the Stars tomorrow (8:30 p.m. ET, FS-D,FS-SW).  Viewers will follow along as the seven-time Norris Trophy winner travels to and from the rink, takes part in team meetings and enjoys downtime in between.

NHL 36: Nicklas Lidstrom will air Wednesday, Jan. 25, at 6:30 p.m. on NBC Sports Network.  The show will be followed on NBC Sports Network by NHL LIVE at 7:00 p.m. ET, and the Red Wings’ game in Montreal against the Canadiens at 7:30 p.m.  Narration is provided by actor and Emmy Award winner Peter Coyote. The original score is the creation of accomplished composer Ferdinand J. Smith.

NHL 36: Lidstrom will re-air on the NBC Sports Network multiple times including Thursday, Jan. 26 at 5:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 27 at 9:00 a.m. and Sunday, Jan. 29 at 7:30 p.m. It also will air in the United States and Canada on NHL Network™ on Friday, Jan. 27 at 12:00 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 1 at 9:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 4 at 5:30 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 5 at 5:00 p.m.
All times are ET.

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One More Ties Orr

from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,

“He’s a wonder of the world,” Dallas Stars right wing Brenden Morrow said. “I don’t know why he’s as successful as he is, because he doesn’t overpower people. But somehow he always manages to get done what he needs to get done.”

That’s the simplest explanation for why Lidstrom, who will turn 42 during next spring’s playoffs, has a chance to win his eighth Norris Trophy to tie Hall of Famer Bobby Orr’s thought-to-be-safe NHL record.

“He’s been so good for so long, maybe they will rename it the Lidstrom Trophy instead of the Norris now,” Colorado Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson said.

The most remarkable aspect of Lidstrom’s collection of Norris trophies is that he didn’t win his first one until he was 31. Since then, he has won seven of the last 10. His seventh Norris tied him with Hall of Famer Doug Harvey for second on the all-time list.

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Evening Line

As Lidstrom enters his 20th season, Detroit’s success cannot continue to flow thorough him. Yet, it does, still. Obviously, long-term, it can’t. After all, Lidstrom was a minus player (-2) for the first time in his career despite his robust offensive numbers (16 goals, 46 assists) and Norris hardware. Even now that Brian Rafalski has retired with one year remaining on his contract, this seems like the appropriate time for the Red Wings to move away from Lidstrom as their linchpin.

-Darren Eliot of Sports Illustrated where you can read much more on Lidstrom.

thanks to a KK member for the pointer

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Afternoon Line

(Homer’s) one of the few guys that laid down.  He’s a little sensitive, but yet he can stand in front of the net and face slap shots coming at him at 100 miles per hour. Go figure that one out. He’s afraid of needles, but not afraid of pucks.”

-Nick Lidstrom on Tomas Holmstrom having blood drawn today.  Via Red Wings Front.

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Morning Line

I’m not so sure the same can be said for Nicklas Lidstrom being the best all-around defenseman in 2010-11, however. While it’s great to see him win another Norris Trophy from the standpoint of pumping up his well-earned legacy, Lidstrom played only 23:28 minutes per game to Zdeno Chara‘s 25:26 time on ice and Shea Weber‘s 25:19. Lidstrom’s defensive numbers were – at times – disturbingly pedestrian, especially compared to his lofty legacy and his more leaned-upon colleagues. Lidstrom was great in the regular season, but he didn’t seem as crucial to his team as Weber or Chara was to theirs.

Lidstrom’s victory smells of name recognition, emphasizing points far too much for a defenseman and a general deficit in defensive stats that don’t require an accounting degree, though.

-James O’Brien of Pro Hockey Talk at NBC Sports.

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Lidstrom Should Have Retired

from Justin Bourne at The Hockey News,

The professional hockey god that is Nicklas Lidstrom, at age 41, has decided to come back for one more year. He’ll once again cash a nice paycheck and have another run at the Cup with the perennially solid Detroit Red Wings. With his career and his legacy, he’s earned the right to come back if he wants to.

I just wish he wouldn’t.

It’s not that he’s going to enter the sad ‘MJ’ or Jeter or Chelios phase - he plays a smart game and he’s hardly shown much decline at this point. After all, he’s the favorite to win the Norris Trophy in a couple days for the seventh time in his career.

It’s just that at some point, everyone gets slightly worse. Not “bad”…just worse.

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He Shall Return

from Bill Roose of Redwings.com,

The Red Wings got their man when legendary defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom told team officials last week that he will return for a 20th NHL season.

Terms of Lidstrom’s one-year contract were not finalized before today when the 41-year-old captain and general manager Ken Holland got together in Las Vegas. The Wings’ pair is in Vegas for Wednesday’s NHL Award Show, where Lidstrom will learn if he won Norris Trophy for the seventh time in his career. He is also a finalist for the Lady Byng Trophy and the Mark Messier Leadership Award.

Lidstrom’s return comes as much-welcomed news to the Wings’ front office, particularly on the heels of Brian Rafalski’s retirement announcement earlier this month.

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Evening Line

...The constant steady and intelligent presence of Lidstrom on the Wings defence — he has never missed more than six games in any season — cannot possibly be replaced upon his departure. At that point, the Red Wings will become just another team. What we don’t know yet is when that day will come

-Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun, where you can read more about Lidstrom as well as more hockey notes.

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Put The Lidstrom Retirement Talk On Hold

from Steve MacFarlane of the Toronto Sun,

Think it’s fair to say that Nicklas Lidstrom retirement speculation should stop.

So he’s 41. He sure doesn’t look it.

“Looks like he took a sponge bath in the fountain of youth,” said Paul Bissonnette on the TSN panel Friday night.

The Detroit defenceman contributed a pair of first-period goals to the Red Wings’ 4-3 victory in a do-or-die Game 4 to stave off elimination at the hands of the San Jose Sharks.

“Lots of times when you get tot he end of your career you can smell it, because you can’t do the same things you used to do,” said colour commentator Ray Ferraro.

Lidstrom doesn’t have that problem.

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The Best Numbers Of The Wings Sweep Of The Coyotes

These…

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The time on ice for Nick Lidstrom.

With a healthy and refreshed Lidstrom, a long cup run becomes more probable and becomes a huge advantage for he Wings.

It has always been the theory of the opposing team to hit and run Lidstrom whenever possible and make him work on every shift.

You have to credit Mike Babcock for keeping his minutes low, especially on the penalty kill where it can really become a drain on the body.

Expect his minutes to increase if needed in the next round, but if Babcock would have his way, Lidstrom’s minutes would remain the same.

Then if the Wings were to advance to the Conference Final, we would see more of Lidstrom which can’t be good news for the opposition.

 

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Time Stops For These Two

from Allan Maki of the Globe and Mail,

Three cheers and a round of Geritol. It’s time to toast the two men that time forgot.

They may be old by professional sports standards. They may be older than virtually all the arenas and many of the coaches in the National Hockey League. But to see Nik Lidstrom and Teemu Selanne in action Monday night was to have witnessed two of sports greatest marvels. Old guys with game.

Let’s start with Lidstrom, the 40-year Detroit Red Wings’ defenceman who scored his 15th of the season in a loss to the Chicago Blackhawks. The goal gave him 60 points and a slice of history. No other NHL defenceman has ever been so productive at an age when most players have become ex-players and taken up golf full-time.

And honestly, it’s not just the points that underline Lidstrom’s mastery. It’s his consistency and durability. He’s never played in fewer than 76 games in 19 NHL seasons. Try explaining that one to Vancouver Canucks’ counterpart Sami Salo, who can’t stay healthy for the life of him. It’s almost inexplicable, just like a Matt Cooke elbow.

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Your ASG Captains

via Chris Johnston tweet,

Eric Staal and Nicklas Lidstrom are named NHL all-star captains.


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NEW YORK (January 18, 2011) – Eric Staal of the Carolina Hurricanes and Nicklas Lidstrom of the Detroit Red Wings have been named team Captains for the 2011 NHL All-Star Weekend in Raleigh, the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) and the National Hockey League (NHL®) announced today.  The Captains were selected by their fellow NHL All-Stars and will lead the team selection process during the new NHL All-Star Player Fantasy Draft powered by Cisco on Jan. 28.  As Captains, Staal and Lidstrom also will set their team rosters for the Honda NHL SuperSkills® on Jan. 29 and wear the “C” during the 2011 NHL All-Star Game presented by Discover on Jan. 30.

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Lidstrom’s Game Has Not Changed

from George Johnson of the Calgary Herald,

Even the immortals, his once-upon-a-time contemporaries now enshrined on Olympus (located at Brookfield Place, 30 Yonge Street, Toronto, Ont.), can only sit back, slack-jawed, in wonder.

“You could tell right away that he was special,’’ reminisces Hall of Famer Paul Coffey. “I know people are always saying that after the fact. That they KNEW way back when. But this was so obvious.

“You couldn’t miss it.

“Even I couldn’t miss it.

“The one word that best described Nick Lidstrom when he and I played as a pair - and that’s a long time ago - is the same word that best describes him now: Poise. He literally has not changed.

“You hear about how the game today is better, all the guys are bigger and stronger and faster . . . OK, maybe they’ve got zero per cent body fat and they can bench-press the rink. Great. But they run around like maniacs for 40 seconds, they’re beat, and they come off.

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It took Lidstrom 1442 Game To Get His First Hat Trick

Raise your hand if you though he had one before last night.

Does anyone know if he is the oldest Dman to get one

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Comparing Two Great Defensemen

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Bobby Orr, Doug Harvey and Nicklas Lidstrom have won the most Norris Trophies as the NHL’s top defenseman, and it just so happens legendary Scotty Bowman has coached two of them, Lidstrom and Harvey.

I thought you hockey fans might be intrigued to hear from Bowman on his coaching experiences with Harvey and Lidstrom. I know I was.

“It’s hard to compare them in a way because they played in vastly different eras. I coached Harvey in St. Louis before Nick Lidstrom was born,” Bowman told ESPN.com last week. “But the two most common denominators between those two was that it was very seldom either one got caught up ice. Their passing skills were so terrific. Their first pass.

“If you charted a hockey game and you wrote down where the puck went every time those two touched it, it usually went on another teammate’s stick unless they were killing a penalty. Their positioning and that sixth sense to be aware of what’s going on ... they made a lot of partners looked pretty good.”

They also shared a common presence in the offensive zone.

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added 1:17pm, Most of you probably only have heard of Doug Harvey but never saw him play, but now you can watch some video of Harvey below…

added 1:21pm, Chris Osgood interview Nick Lidstrom for ESPN, watch the video below and a follow up story on TPH from LeBrun at ESPN.

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Morning Line

One day in the near future Lidstrom will finally announce the end of his playing career. Hockey fans everywhere, at every age, should try to catch him in action as often as possible. A defenseman of his calibre comes along very rarely, and his talent should be appreciated while it is still possible to do so.

-Lyle Richardson of Spector’s Hockey where you can read more on Lidstrom.

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Big Buff Or The Perfect Human?

Each week hockey columnist Scott Morrison and his protegé, senior hockey writer Tim Wharnsby, exchange (mostly) friendly banter on the latest storylines in the NHL.

1. Who would you rather have on your team, Dustin Byfuglien or Nicklas Lidstrom? Both defencemen are off to terrific starts to the season that is nearing the first-quarter pole.

WHARNSBY: In the short-term, of course, I would rather have the future Hockey Hall of Famer in 40-year-old Lidstrom in the lineup. He has been rejuvenated by the Detroit Red Wings early playoff exit last spring. But if my team was not a contender and I was rebuilding a roster, the 25-year-old Byfuglien would be my guy. It’s hard to ignore his league-leading four game-winning goals, and his seven goals in 21 games is tops among defencemen.

MORRISON: How do you say no to Lidstrom? He is still going strong and may win another Norris this season. And he looks like he could play a few more seasons. He is so fit and so smart on the ice.

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Video- Lidstrom With The OT Winner

Nick Lidstrom scores the OT winner against Calgary after receiving a nice pass from Datten Helm.

You can also view the game tying goal by Henrik Zetterberg below…

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There Are Young Defensemen And Then There Is Nick Lidstrom

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The NHL is teeming with talented, young defensemen, including a group in their early to mid-20s that features Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook, Drew Doughty, Shea Weber, Mike Green, Tyler Myers and Erik Johnson.

It’s an impressive list of players who will compete annually for the Norris Trophy for years to come.

And then there’s the league’s oldest defenseman, 40-year-old Detroit Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom, who continues to be one of the best in the business.

Any doubts about his elite status following his slow start last season have been put to rest. Lidstrom, in his 19th season, is off to one of his best starts. He will take a career-best 11-game points streak into Wednesday’s game against the St. Louis Blues at Joe Louis Arena.

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It’s A Red Wings After Hours Show

Nick Lidstrom and Mike Modano appeared on HNIC After Hours Show with Scott Oake and Craig Simpson.

Not only will Detroit fans enjoy the interviews, but also hockey fans in general.

First up is Nick Lidstrom, then Mike Modano in the 2nd video…

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All About Nick

from John Grigg of The Hockey News,

First off, the kid who grew up idolizing Borje Salming and Anders Eldebrink sounded pumped for this season. At 40, the six-time Norris Trophy winner and nine-time first-team all-star is still one of the league’s best - many will tell you he got jobbed out of another Norris nomination last year - but understands that with age things come a little harder, even for first-ballot Hall of Famers.

“I think if you don’t have that motivation it’s hard,” said Lidstrom of keeping things going during the summer. “It’s tough to go through the off-season workouts everyone is doing to get ready for a long year; it takes its toll on your body. You have to be motivated to be ready to go through that and to be ready to play.

“And once you start in September it’s every day; you have to show up every day and you have to be motivated to be able to do that, too. I’m still motivated. I’m still looking forward to the season. And when August comes around, you want to get back on the ice again - I still have that hunger and I still have the desire to play.”

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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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Afternoon Line

“I was going about 115-120 miles-per-hour, and that was very fast….”

-Nick Lidstrom of the Detroit Red Wings on taking a few laps at Michigan International Speedway today.  More on Lidstrom being the honorary pace car driver at MIS by Bill Roose at DetroitRedWings.com.

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It’s Official- Lidstrom Returning

from Bill Roose of DetroitRedWings.com,

The giant breeze that rolled up the freeway arteries leading out of downtown was the collective exhalation of a Red Wings’ organization relieved to know that one of the best players of this generation will be back.

Nicklas Lidstrom, who is widely considered the world’s best defenseman in hockey, will return for a 19th season, signing a one-year contract, the Red Wings announced Tuesday.

“I get to watch him every day,” Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said. “I still think that Nick is the premier two-way defenseman in the world. There might be some player that maybe a little bit more productive, offensively, but I think when you factor in who good Nick is defensively, how he played the last half of the year, certainly the last 30 games … I still think we have one – if not the – best defensemen in the world. It’s a great day for Red Wings’ fans.”

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Report- Lidstrom Returning

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

A source told Booth Newspapers on Monday that Lidstrom has decided to return for another season. The club is expected to finalize a one-year contract extension this week with the six-time Norris Trophy winner as the league’s top defenseman.

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added 10:30am, from Chris McCosky of the Detroit News,

Wings officials will announce later today Lidstrom has agreed to a one-year deal. The exact amount was unknown, but it is believed to be near $6 million.

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Will Lidstrom Follow His Son?

A KK reader sent me an email stating Nick’s oldest son has been accepted into the hockey school of Västerås, Sweden starting this fall.

I am sure we are about to get daily updates on the status of Lidstrom, but my suggestion is to just wait for his answer.

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May As Well Address This Now Since It Won’t Go Away

from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,

There is a distinct possibility that Nik Lidstrom is playing his last game in the NHL.

The gallant, classy 40-year-old captain and his Red Wings face elimination Thursday night at the hands of the San Jose Sharks, who lead their best-of-seven Western Conference semifinal three games to none.

The thought of “lose and go home” is motivating the Wings.

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What ‘Wood’ Of Happened?

from Bruce Dowbiggin of the Globe and Mail,

Maybe the NHL needs a new TV commercial. “What if Nick Lidstrom’s stick hadn’t blown up in Game 2?... History wouldn’t be made without a composite stick.”

Usual Suspects has noticed more explosions than The Hurt Locker when it comes to composite sticks in these playoffs. Lidstrom’s stick shattering on San Jose’s winning goal Sunday is the latest and most spectacular example of stick frailty creating game-changing plays. The ice is regularly littered with broken RbKs or Eastons—and broken chances.

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The Last Time Detroit Was Down 0-2 In A Series…

2002 against Vancouver.  Then this happened…

added 12:27pm, As a KK member pointed out, the Ducks swept the Wings in 2003.  So I could say the last time Detroit was down 0-2 and won a series…

 

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Any Doubt?  The Best Forty Year Old Defenseman In The History Of The NHL

Nick Lidstrom turned 40 today.

from Brian Compton of NHL.com,

Q: You didn’t look like a 40-year-old shooting the puck on your second goal. It looked as if you could play another 10 years if you wanted to.

Lidstrom: I just wanted to make sure I got a lot of wood on it. The puck came perfectly to me there.

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What’s Next For ‘The Perfect Human’?

from James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail,

Rumours of retirement are being whispered in the halls of Joe Louis Arena, what with the Detroit Red Wings captain turning 40 next Wednesday – just a day after a potential Game 7 in Phoenix, should the series go the distance.

With Lidstrom’s contract expiring this summer and the series tied 2-2, his final NHL appearance could even come this weekend if Phoenix takes the next two games.

Not that anyone’s betting on it.

“It’s going to come sooner or later,” Lidstrom said, chuckling at all the attention his milestone birthday is getting of late. “I’m getting up there in age, people are watching me closely and think something’s going to happen, but … nothing’s really changed. I know what I have to do. I feel the same out there.”

He also, incredibly, still looks very much like the same player – even 19 years on in a career regarded as one of the best in history for a blueliner.

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Lidstrom And His Bad Night

from Michael Rosenbeg of the Detroit Free Press,

In June 2002, after the Red Wings won the Stanley Cup in Scotty Bowman’s final game as coach, Bowman delivered the ultimate compliment to Nicklas Lidstrom.

Lidstrom, Bowman said, “is just about the perfect player on the ice.”

Years from now, that is how hockey people will talk about Lidstrom. He is Joe DiMaggio on skates, on the far end of the spectrum of both skill and intelligence. It’s not just that he is great. It is that he has been just about perfect—in the right place at the right time for almost two decades….

And yet ... well, he had a bad game Sunday. There is no getting around it. Lidstrom was on the ice for three Coyotes goals, and since Lidstrom himself said the Wings hung goalie Jimmy Howard “out to dry” at times, it is fair to say he did some of the hanging.

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Lidstrom Still At The Top Of His Game

from Kevin Allen of Mucking and Grinding,

At 39, Detroit Red Wings defenseman Nick Lidstrom simply won’t act his age. In the midst of Detroit’s worst season in many years, the six-time Norris trophy winner is still performing like a player in his prime.

In the past 14 games, he has four goals and 11 assists and he’s been plus-12. On a team that has given up more goals than it has scored, Lidstrom is plus-20.

To put that in perspective, consider that Detroit defenseman Brad Stuart played exceptional for a stretch early in the season and he is still minus-9

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Morning Line

This is in no way a crack at Nicklas Lidstrom. But that guy’s assist totals must be padded 5 percent from playing so many years in Joe Louis Arena. No matter what happens or how a goal is scored, Lidstrom gets an assist. I swear, he’ll be getting assists two seasons after he retires. Used to be Yzerman. Now it Lidstrom.

-Aaron Portzline of Puck-rakers.  More on last night’s game from Aaron.

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Lidstrom’s Christmas Style

from Patricia Montemurri of the Detroit Free Press,

“Our tradition is we celebrate Christmas on Christmas Eve,” says Lidstrom, standing in his family’s two-story living room, its walls covered in a pebbled golden wallpaper that warms the room. “The kids are waiting by the windows for Santa and we watch him walking down the street with a gift bag over his shoulder.”

Says Annika: “I can still feel, you know, a little bit of the excitement over it from when I was a child.”

On Christmas Eve, Santa will chat with the boys.

Perhaps he’ll eat a Christmas confection prepared by Annika or Lidstrom’s mother, Gerd Lidstrom, who is visiting for the holidays along with Lidstrom’s father, Jan Erik Lidstrom. There will be ham and Swedish meatballs and herring.

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Wings Still Depending On Lidstrom

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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Is Lidstrom One Of The Top 20 All-Time NHL Greats?

from Sam McCaig of The Hockey News,

So, maybe it’s time to rewrite history a bit and find a spot for Lidstrom among the game’s all-time greats. At least, let’s see where the smooth Swedish blueliner fits among the best rearguards the NHL has ever seen….

Bobby Orr ranked No. 2 in The Top 100 behind Wayne Gretzky and Orr forerunner Doug Harvey was next (among D-men) at No. 6.

Orr (eight) and Harvey (seven) are the only two rearguards to win more Norris Trophies than Lidstrom. And while it’s nigh on impossible to truly compare players from such drastically different eras, it would be difficult to argue that Lidstrom has had a similar impact on the way the game is played as did those two revolutionary defensemen…

And, as the best blueliner the league has seen in the past 20 years, the Red Wings great deserves to be slotted somewhere in the No. 15-20 range, among the very best NHLers of all-time.

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Another Example Why Lidstrom Is The ‘Perfect Human’

via Craig Custance of the Sporting News,

I was talking to Los Angeles captain Dustin Brown before the game, and asked him about the Calgary Flames defense, one that I consider the best in the league (or at least I did until that Chicago meltdown). Brown made an interesting comment.

“For me, Calgary’s defense - I don’t mind as much as a Nick Lidstrom,” Brown told SportingNews.com. “A physical confrontation is okay, if I have to chase the puck all night, that’s when it gets frustrating.”

It’s not as flashy is a big Dion Phaneuf hit, but Lidstrom can drive opponents crazy by making them chase the puck all night.

“He can,” Brown said. “He’s good with his stick. He’s incredibly smart on the ice and that’s tough to play against.”

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Lidstrom Joins An Elite Group

Nicklas Lidstrom with 2 assists tonight becomes just the fourth player in team history to record 1,000 points in a Red Wings sweater:

1. Gordie Howe - 1,809 (786g-1023a)
2. Steve Yzerman - 1,755 (692g, 1063a)
3. Alex Delvecchio - 1,281 (456g, 825a)
4. Nicklas Lidstrom - 1,000 (229g-771a)

Nick also became the second Swede (Mats Sundin) to join the 1000 point club in the NHL.

added 10:24pm, Forgot to add this, but the Wings TV crew mentioned Nick was the fastest (games played) to reach the 1000 point mark for the Wings. 

udate:  If you read the comments here, the TV crew corrected their mistake regarding Nick being the fastest to 1000 points.  That makes much more sense.

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