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by George Malik on 12/30/11 at 08:56 PM ET
Yahoo Sports’ Nicholas J. Cotsonika wrote a phenomenal article about Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom that’s so good that, well, we ought to start at its beginning and go from there:
The calendar is about to flip to 2012, but when it comes to Nicklas Lidstrom, the Detroit Red Wings are already thinking ahead to 2013.
Lidstrom is 41. He is playing on his second straight one-year, $6.2 million contract. He will turn 42 on April 28, and he will evaluate his future after the Wings’ season ends, not before. His teammates respect that. But they can’t help themselves. They see how Lidstrom’s greatness remains undiminished, making him a candidate to catch Bobby Orr in the record book and win his eighth Norris Trophy as the NHL’s best defenseman. They seize every opportunity to tease their captain about coming back in 2012-13.
Take Tuesday night. With the Wings facing a 2-0 deficit, Lidstrom scored to spark a 3-2 comeback victory over the St. Louis Blues. That gave him eight goals this season, tying him for second among NHL defensemen. That gave him 1,131 points in his career, moving him into the top 50 NHL scorers of all-time.
“It’s good … for next year,” said teammate Henrik Zetterberg with a smile and without prompting. “You always think for next year.”
Continued, and the article’s really, really, really worth your time…
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