Kukla's Korner

The Malik Report

Nicklas Lidstrom has ‘nothing new to report’ about his Red Wings future

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.

Update: The Red Wings’ Facebook page posted a gallery of Lidstrom, Chelios and “Bob,” and via Red Wings social media coordinator Jake Duhaime…

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:

Filed in: | The Malik Report | Permalink


MsRedWinger's avatar

I’m not surprised that Nick’s not talking yet.  It will be interesting to learn, someday, how Rafalski’s departure may have affected his thinking.  I’m hoping it pushes him to stay one more year.  Besides, Homer needs those expertly placed shots to deflect into the net.

cool smile

Posted by MsRedWinger from the State where Tigers roam in the Spring on 06/02/11 at 03:18 PM ET


I’m not surprised that Nick’s not talking yet.

For real.  Does anything think he’s going to make an announcement or even give a hint towards his future at a Kid Rock concert announcement?

The only people who are going to know Nick’s decision before Ken Holland does will be Nick’s family.

Posted by Garth on 06/02/11 at 03:31 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

I beleve he will come back, but give him a few weeks.  He will let them no in plenty of time to prepare talks with UFAs if necessary, and won’t leave the club hanging.

Posted by RWBill on 06/02/11 at 04:53 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

no = know

Damn virtual ipad keyboard have to proof everything

Posted by RWBill on 06/02/11 at 04:55 PM ET


No = No, not with Kid Rock. Why would anyone want to be with this asssh0le.

Posted by T. Roy from Detroit on 06/03/11 at 12:33 AM ET


I agree 100% T. Roy.

Kid Rock has ruined enough legends through association, keep him away from the Wings.

Posted by LGRWeh on 06/03/11 at 06:15 AM ET

George Malik's avatar

Chelios and Kid Rock have been friends for over a decade, and aside from some partying with Brett Hull and Sergei Fedorov, Rock’s tended to treat the Wings as they treat him—very well and very respectfully.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 06/03/11 at 07:54 AM ET


Being nice to the greatest hockey organization gives the guy a few points, but he still loses a million points for raping country legends, and bastardizing music genres indiscriminately.

His music is really bad, but a lot of people are guilty of that… I normally wouldn’t hang someone over something so subjective, unless I consider how arrogant he is. Musicians say he’s an *#$%@&, and so do fans.

Mainly I’m jealous that the dickheads rich and hangs out with really cool people all while being a massively untalented ass breather -  a cling on in the ass crack that has become American popular culture.

But back to the Wings, I have all fingers and digits crossed that Nick will come back this year, but I have the sad feeling that it will be his last, but also a small bit of wishful thinking that he will stick around 4-5, and still be amazing…

or in other words I’m like everyone else and I have no idea what he will do.

Posted by LGRWeh on 06/03/11 at 04:50 PM ET

Add a Comment

Please limit embedded image or media size to 575 pixels wide.

Add your own avatar by joining Kukla's Korner, or logging in and uploading one in your member control panel.

Captchas bug you? Join KK or log in and you won't have to bother.


Notify me of follow-up comments?


Most Recent Blog Posts

About The Malik Report

The Malik Report is a destination for all things Red Wings-related. I offer biased, perhaps unprofessional-at-times and verbose coverage of my favorite team, their prospects and developmental affiliates. I've joined the Kukla's Korner family with five years of blogging under my belt, and I hope you'll find almost everything you need to follow your Red Wings at a place where all opinions are created equal and we're all friends, talking about hockey and the team we love to follow.