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by George Malik on 02/19/13 at 11:54 AM ET
97.1 the Ticket's Jeff Riger spoke with former Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom at this past weekend's SportsFest, and he'd posted both a portion of the interview in text form and five minutes' worth of discussion with Lidstrom as audio:
Question: How does the defense look with without you being a part of it?
Nicklas Lidstrom: “I think it’s hard to replace two top four defenseman. Both (Brad) Stuart and I had a lot of experience and it’s hard to ask a young player to come in and play those kinds of minutes and have the experience to play against all the other guys in the league. It’s a learning curve for the defenseman too. We added some new guys from other teams and they have to adjust to our system, to new players and a new coach and I think that takes time.”
Question: What’s your advice to Henrik Zetterberg about being a captain?
Lidstrom: “Be yourself! He’s been a leader for quite a few years in our locker room being an assistant captain and I think he has grown into that role and this is just another step for him to become the captain and to be a leader not only on the ice but in the locker room and be more vocal here as well. I know Hank is ready for that stuff!”
Question: What’s wrong with the specialty teams?
Lidstrom: “You’re used to having the same guys out there, to know they’re tendencies and know where they are going to be but when you add new players it takes time. When the power play is not working, try to break it down into the basics to get more shots and puck retrievals. I think that’s the main thing. You don’t want to take a shot and then have to go down and break out again all the way down in your own zone so when you are taking that shot the puck retrieval is so important.”
Question: Do people still try to convince you to come back and play?
Lidstrom “I get that question a lot! Sometimes I miss it you know sometimes I miss being back there but I’m very happy in retirement. But, the question comes up a lot and some of them ask me if I brought my skates for this trip but I’m very happy where I’m at right now.”
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