The Malik Report
by George Malik on 03/05/14 at 11:11 AM ET
The Red Wings will be practicing at noon today (there's also a Lidstrom media Q and A at 3 PM and the Avs practice at 1:30 PM) so we should find out more about Darren Helm's situation, Daniel Alfredsson's teeth and the rest of the roster issues, as well as the Wings' day-after take on their 4-3 loss to New Jersey, but until then:
1. MLive's Ansar Khan penned an article discussing the Wings' targets on defense...
2. The Windsor Star's Bob Duff Tweeted the following regarding Mr. Emmerton...
3. MLive's Ansar Khan went with this...
4 . In the charitable news department, from the Steamboat Springs (Colorado) News's Ben Ingersoll...
Steamboat Springs — Later this month, hockey fans and players will have their chance to play alongside and against — or simply watch — NHL players at Howelsen Ice Arena.
Kerry Shea, co-owner of McKnight’s Irish Pub & Loft in Steamboat, is originally from Detroit and, as an avid Red Wings fan, has been busy organizing a Red Wings alumni charity hockey game to be played locally to raise money for the Steamboat Springs Youth Hockey Association.
“It’s really coming together,” Shea said. “A lot of people don’t realize how great Howelsen Ice Arena is, and it’s a great opportunity for us to engage with the NHL.”
All proceeds outside what it costs to put on the event will go directly to Steamboat youth hockey, he said.
A benefit auction and a meet-and-greet with NHL alumni, players and fans will be held at McKnight’s from 7 to 10 p.m. March 21, with the game scheduled for 7 p.m. March 22.
Lidstrom's accomplishments as a player are vast, and on the eve of his No. 5 being raised to the rafters of Joe Louis Arena, there isn't a hockey fan alive who doesn't believe it's a well-deserved honor.As this historic day neared, Lidstrom admitted that it's been on his mind.
"I've thought a lot more about it as we're getting closer to it, especially with all the arrangements around the ceremony," Lidstrom said. "It's been on my mind a lot over the last few weeks. I'm very excited about it. I'm looking forward to finally being there and doing it."
Although he's thrilled that the Wings are retiring his number, he's mostly looking forward to seeing the former teammates who will be there for him.
"Seeing some of the guys that I haven't seen in a long time, especially (long pause) Bob Rouse is coming back," Lidstrom said. "I haven't seen Rouser in a long time. Yves Racine, a guy that I played with my first couple of years -- I think Shanny's (Brendan Shanahan) coming in -- you can go down the list. I'm just really excited to see them all again and have them be part of that ceremony."
Lidstrom is the epitome of class and coolness. His unflappable demeanor on the ice is legendary. He never let the opposition see him sweat, never showed emotion, and opponents never knew what he was thinking. Don't expect that to be the case Thursday night at the Joe.
"If you watched that press conference (announcing his retirement), that was very emotional trying to keep that together," Lidstrom said. "It'll be the same thing on Thursday night. I think it will be very emotional going through everything, especially being on the ice in front of all the fans again, seeing all the former players and the former coaches and the team that's there now. It will be very emotional."
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