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He was the best player on the ice all the time, every game. Not just for one moment. Look at a photo of his teammates making memorable plays and there's usually No. 5 in the celebration, and chances are he did something to set up that moment for the ages.
-Craig Custance on Nicklas Lidstrom. Much more at ESPN.
From NHL.com's Tim Wharnsby:
They're everywhere in the NHL these days, young Swedish defensemen who have been influenced by Nicklas Lidstrom, the legendary Detroit Red Wings defenseman.
Back when Peter Forsberg was at his best, most young hockey players from Sweden wanted to be like him, a forward. But then Lidstrom started collecting Stanley Cup titles and Norris Trophy wins and Olympic gold, and that all changed.
"You look around the League and see all the young [Swedish] defensemen," Vancouver Canucks captain Henrik Sedin said. "When you grew up in Sweden before Nicklas became the player he was, everybody wanted to be a forward. When he played his best, the most skilled guys back home wanted to be like him and play defense. Our best players are defensemen."
Now there is Victor Hedman in Tampa Bay, John Klingberg in Dallas, Jonas Brodin in Minnesota, Hampus Lindholm in Anaheim, Adam Larsson in New Jersey, Mattias Ekholm in Nashville.
There are also a couple dandies in Erik Karlsson of the Ottawa Senators and Oliver Ekman-Larsson of the Arizona Coyotes.
Ekman-Larsson led all NHL defensemen with 23 goals last season, two more than Karlsson, a two-time Norris Trophy winner. Lidstrom had the record for most goals by a Swedish defenseman in a season at 20. But then Ekman-Larsson and Karlsson zoomed on by.
"Every D-man who comes from Sweden has watched him play," Ekman-Larsson, 24, said. "He was my idol growing up and he's the reason I started to play 'D.'
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from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,
"I heard lots of great things about him before I met him through some of the scouts and people in Sweden that he had great potential and was really a gifted player that could be a top player, and I knew he was going to be a high draft pick. But my first impression was the size he had," Lidstrom told NHL.com by phone from Sweden on Tuesday. "Being 18 years old and having that size, that's a big advantage. But you've got to be able to handle it too.
"He seems able to do the best with it."...
"It's great to see," said Lidstrom, who only watches highlights of the games because of the early morning start time in Sweden. "It's great to see him develop into the type of player that he had great potential of being. He's only 24 years old too, so he hasn't even hit his prime yet and he's playing like a veteran out there. That's been really enjoyable to watch."
Hedman also remembers his first meeting with Lidstrom.
"I was really nervous," he said. "I don't remember what questions I asked."
He didn't really have to ask anything. Hedman watched Lidstrom for years as a kid growing up in Ornskoldsvik, Sweden. Hedman studied Lidstrom and tried to emulate some of what he did for the Detroit Red Wings.
"He's such a legend," Hedman said of Lidstrom. "It's impossible to try to compare yourself to someone like that. But I tried to look at his game and take some things from his game and put it in my own game. That's something I did growing up and I still do it now."
The IIHF is inducting a quintet of players into their Hall of Fame today in Minsk. Steve Yzerman, Nicklas Lidstrom, Vycheslav Bykov, Andrei Khomutov and one other player will be inducted in the player category, and IIHF.com's Lukas Aykroyd notes that the fifth player is particularly special:
If there’s one true regret about the 2014 IIHF World Championship, it’s that Ruslan Salei won’t be able to attend his induction into the IIHF Hall of Fame.
Born in Minsk in 1974, the hard-working defenceman will be recognized for his long, productive career at a gala ceremony in his hometown today. He is part of an exceptional Hall of Fame class that also includes Russia’s Vyacheslav Bykov and Andrei Khomutov, Sweden’s Nicklas Lidstrom, and Canada’s Steve Yzerman and Murray Costello.
Salei tragically passed away in the 2011 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl plane crash, along with many other hockey greats. But his memory will live on.
Given that most every country but Russia's sent its "B Team" (or "C Team") to the World Championships in Minsk, perhaps due to Olympic fatigue, this part of the tournament (which will take place on May 25th) may be its most compelling, per the IIHF:
Brilliant performance under historic pressure as well as long-lasting excellence is recognized as the IIHF Hall of Fame inducts former players and a builder.
Vyacheslav Bykov, Andrei Khomutov, Nicklas Lidström, Ruslan Salei, Steve Yzerman as players and builder Murray Costello will be inducted in 2014.
Dr Mark Aubry will receive the Paul Loicq Award for his contributions to international hockey.
The IIHF Historical Committee and its chairman, IIHF President René Fasel, have announced the 18th class of the IIHF Hall of Fame to be ceremonially inducted during the 78th IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship in Minsk.
Click here for a complete list of all honoured members since the IIHF Hall of Fame was introduced in 1997. It now boasts 195 greats from 23 countries.
The IIHF's press release continues, profiling each inducteee, and having Ruslan Salei inducted into the IIHF HOF in Belarus's capital is going to be a very emotional event.
“It’s hard to put into words exactly what Nicklas Lidstrom has meant to the Detroit Red Wings over the last 20 years. In my opinion he’s the best two-way defenseman to ever play the game. He’s the type of player that comes along once in a generation. We’ll miss what he’s brought to our organization as a player and as our captain, but what we’ll probably miss the most is the person that he is off the ice and having him around on a daily basis.”
-Detroit Red Wings Executive Vice President and General Manager Ken Holland. Quote is from a press release from the Wings on Lidstrom’s retirement which you can read below.
from Brian Hedger at NHL.com,
Lidstrom is currently wreaking havoc on opponents by using his masterful anticipation of where the puck will go, plus a deadly-accurate shot and meticulous calculating to stay in position defensively.
It’s something he does night in and night out, but also something that most still marvel about.
A reporter recently asked Red Wings coach Mike Babcock whether Lidstrom’s hot stretch was maybe a “little fluky” considering the odds are it will slow down, and the look on the coach’s face said it all.
It looked like somebody had just asked him if Michelangelo might’ve gotten a little lucky with that whole Sistine Chapel thing.
“Nothing about his game’s fluky, so let’s not go with that word,” Babcock said. “The reality is he’s just a good player and takes what’s given. Obviously, he’s had some opportunity and he’s taken advantage of it.”
Babcock was just getting warmed up.
From Brian Hedger at NHL.com:
You really have to look closely at Lidstrom these days to tell that he’s aging—and even then you aren’t entirely sure that he isn’t some sort of Swedish-engineered robot the Red Wings just recharge every night before storing in a crate for safekeeping.
He’s not, by the way, but it sometimes feels that way.
“Obviously, he was touched by a wand by God,” said Red Wings coach Mike Babcock, who somehow finds new ways to say the same things about Lidstrom that have already been said a thousand times. “He’s beyond gifted mentally and physically, but the thing I think is very neat about Nick is that he’s embraced doing the same, simple things every day. That’s what a pro does. You come in and do the same monotonous things every day and you love doing it.”
The same could be said for the robot, of course—only Lidstrom isn’t programmed to do it.
Lidstrom will be just the 14th player in NHL history to reach 1,500 games.
NEW YORK (October 20, 2011) –Nicklas Lidstrom, captain of the Detroit Red Wings, will guest on today’s NHL Hour With Commissioner Gary Bettman. The show, which encourages fans to call in with questions, airs Thursday nights on NHL.com and on Sirius XM Radio at 6 p.m., ET.
Lidstrom is two games away from playing the 1,500th of his NHL career, a milestone he is scheduled to reach this Saturday in Washington against the Capitals (NHL Network US, FSN-Detroit, 7:00 p.m. ET). The Swedish-born defenseman is a four-time Stanley Cup Champion, winner of seven Norris trophies as the League’s top defenseman and one Conn Smythe as MVP of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Currently, he ranks third among active players in points, behind only Philadelphia’s Jaromir Jagr and Anaheim’s Teemu Selanne, and second in assists, again behind Jagr.
If you think that determining who the top goalie will be for fantasy teams this season is tough, wait until you attempt to sift through the number of defensemen who have been at or near the top of the scoring race the past couple seasons. I attempted to narrow down this list to five defensemen, but I had waaaay too difficult a time with that. Plus I’d be subjecting myself to far too much criticism from the masses! (By the way, I love the comments… keep ‘em coming.)
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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.
Funny… In chatting with several casual hockey fan friends and family of mine about being in Raleigh here for ASG weekend, a mention of “The Draft” as part of the festivities has led to a pause in each case and a question along the lines of, “Wait, what? They’re having the draft at the All-Star game now?”
Of course, they don’t know any better - that it’s juuust a “fantasy” draft for an exhibition game.
We do, but if we didn’t, judging from walking around Fan Fest at the Raleigh Convention Center today, where the draft will be held, this silly little pick ‘em event is being taken pretty seriously.
Granted, Nicklas Lidstrom and Eric Staal aren’t exactly holed up in “war rooms” or anything but the league and its broadcast partners are certainly planning on putting on a first-class show. The set for the draft is aces (and enormous!) and the commentators and analysts from TSN and Versus were intently rehearsing each and every “pick”, with Darren Dreger playing Staal and Matthew Barnaby assuming the role of Lidstrom.
The Hockey News has been archiving audio from the winner’s dressing room after each game.
Go here to hear Scotty Bowman share his thoughts, then scroll down the page and you’ll find links to commentary from Niklas Lidstrom, Brad Stuart, Valteri Filpulla and Johan Franzen.
On a related note, a comment from Paul that I thought I’d pass on:
After Babcock finished his post game press conference, he met with Scotty for about ten minutes, one on one, going over the game. How much of a help Bowman is to the Wings, we may never know, but it certainly cannot hurt to have Bowman use his “consultant” role to the fullest extent.
Today, some interviews with the Detroit Red Wings. Q&A’s featuring coach Mike Babcock, Tomas Holmstrom and Nicklas Lidstrom.
Q. A Franzen update? But can you also talk about what this has been like for him for him to be playing as well as he was and then have to watch.
COACH MIKE BABCOCK: Obviously it’s real difficult for him. It’s part of playoff hockey, though. Things like this happen. You know, the bottom line is you just got to overcome it. Every team gets injured.
from Vartan Kupelian of the Detroit News,
In perhaps the highest compliment Lidstrom has ever received, Orr said he sees “some similarities” in their games.
“He does the things I like to see a defenseman do,” Orr said. “He reads the ice—all the great players read the ice—and he does it as well as anybody. There haven’t been many like him when it comes to reading what’s happening. He sees what’s going to happen.
“The way he shoots the puck, passes, anticipates, jumps up—or doesn’t jump up—he does everything.”
more on Lidstrom…
The Wings victory tonight over the Blues locked-in Mike Babcock as the coach of the Western Conference in the NHL All-Star Game in Atlanta.
One other note from the game, Lidstrom played roughly 14:50 tonight, which has to be one of the lowest TOI stats for him. No injury, just rested as the Wings cruised to a victory and should help him when he takes the ice in Colorado Thursday night.
from the CP via TSN,
The Detroit Red Wings agreed to a two-year contract with defenceman Nicklas Lidstrom on Wednesday.
Financial details were not available but the deal means Lidstrom will be under contract with the Red Wings through the 2009-‘10 season.
‘‘Nick has been the best defenceman in the world for several years,’’ Red Wings general manger Ken Holland said in a statement. ‘‘He’s a great captain and role model who does everything right both on and off the ice.
‘‘We’re proud to have him continue as a Red Wing for another two years.’‘
added 2:38pm, Lidstrom will earn US$7.45-million a year under terms of his new deal. He is making $7.6 million this season.
For the folks in the Detroit area, don’t you think it is kind of a slap in the face to hockey fans that this signing has not even been mentioned on the Wings radio flagship station? Things never change at that station except for the “avoid all hockey talk” as directed by their program director.
from the Detroit Free Press (Tuesday edition) via the Santa Barbara News-Press,
Now 34, Holmstrom’s saga reveals a player who is putting up career numbers on a regular basis, with 29 goals two seasons ago, 30 last season and on pace for 43 this season. Entering tonight’s game against St. Louis, Holmstrom is tied with linemate Pavel Datsyuk for second on the team in scoring with 16 points after 17 games.
The courage Holmstrom displays as he stands in the path of vulcanized rubber on a nightly basis has won him many admirers, from those who shoot at him to those who emulate him.
Nicklas Lidstrom, who almost always is on the ice at the same time as Holmstrom and his line with Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg, exemplifies the former. Having Holmstrom in front of the net allows Lidstrom the freedom to miss the net on purpose at times.
‘‘You can see his stick, so you try to shoot it where Homer’s stick is,’’ Lidstrom said. ‘‘So sometimes you shoot it wide because you know he is going to try to get it or deflect it into the net.’‘
from Red Wings Corner,
Nicklas Lidstrom said that the report in the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet that he’s close to signing a two-year contract extension is false. Lidstrom said after Thursday’s practice that “Nothing’s happened. I haven’t even talked to Ken (Holland) yet.”
more on the Wings after practice today…
Behind the Jersey ran across a story from the AftonBladet stating Lidstrom is close to signing a 2 year extension with thw Wings…
Lock him up Kenny, but save some room for “Z”, a lot of room…
Today, Nicklas Lidstrom of the Detroit Red Wings was made available to media by teleconference, to answer questions. The transcript will be made available later on this post, but for now we have put the audio of the conference online. (update 3:30pm ET - transcript now available below audio player).
You can listen to it on the player below (or download it here if you prefer).
One thing worth mentioning—Lids answers a question in Swedish from about minutes 3 to 5, so you might want to skip that part if you’re not up on your Swedish.