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by George Malik on 06/02/11 at 02:34 PM ET
Updated at 1:25 PM with confirmation from Kulfan: The Associated Press’s Mike Householder reports that Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom and prospect mentor Chris Chelios took part in a certain Kid Rock’s hometown concert announcement in a unique fashion today…
Rock, Detroit Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom and retired Red Wings defenseman Chris Chelios used paddle boards to cross the Detroit River to Belle Isle. A bare-footed Rock then strolled to a beachfront microphone and lectern and said he’d be playing Comerica Park Aug. 12 with opening act Sammy Hagar and the Wabos. The rocker says Chelios called him a day earlier and asked if he wanted to go paddle-boarding.
WDIV and WXYZ posted videos of the event, but the Red Wings’ website (via RedWingsFeed) takes the cake for posting a video of a Caribbean-tanned Lidstrom stating that he has “nothing new to report” regarding his future as he’s just returned home from vacation and has yet to make a decision about his playing future, noting that July 1st is his deadline…
Lidstrom watch continues (sigh)...and paddle-boarding in the Detroit River, given the tremendous current (the 3 million gallons of water that the city and suburbs use every day moves past Joe Louis Arena every eight minutes), is no easy task.
Beautiful day to take advantage of Belle Isle. http://yfrog.com/gzb3ipzj
Spotted on the beach on Belle Isle, Nicklas Lidstrom and Chris Chelios. http://yfrog.com/h0nsitjj
Chelios and Lidstrom have joined Kid Rock to announce his show at Comerica Park on August 12th.
Kid Rock on the beach! Tickets go on sale next Saturday. http://yfrog.com/h3ot8qzj
Lidstrom on his future: Nothing new to report. Told Kenny and Babs I would talk to them about making a decision before July 1.
Lidstrom, Kid Rock and Chelios leave via paddle-board. http://yfrog.com/h44c2ewj
Kid Rock is our Social Media fan of the day after showcasing a great activity on Belle Isle. More pictures: http://on.fb.me/jVuU79
Update #2: Per the Detroit News’s Ted Kulfan:
“Nothing new to report, really,” said Lidstrom, 41, who is debating a return for a 20th season with the Wings. “I talked to (general manager) Ken Holland and (coach) Mike Babcock about making a decision before July 1 (when unrestricted free agency begins). That’s my date to make a decision.
“I just came back from vacation; I’ve been gone for a week, and I haven’t made a decision yet.”
Holland expects to have a decision from Lidstrom before the NHL draft June 24-25. Lidstrom is also a finalist for the Norris Trophy (best defenseman). The awards show is June 22 in Las Vegas and Lidstrom could be close to a decision at that point.
With the unexpected retirement last week of Brian Rafalski, the importance of Lidstrom returning for another season grew.
The Wings will address Rafalski’s void either through free agency or trade. But losing Lidstrom also would be a devastating hit, especially with defensemen Jonathan Ericsson and Ruslan Salei also both potential unrestricted free agents.
Update #3: Here’s the Wings’ website’s condensed Rock presser:
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