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by George Malik on 08/15/12 at 05:13 PM ET
If you missed it in the overnight report, former Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom took part in a Swedish TV show called “Patrik möter,” or “Patrick Meets,” and he kinda got a little smash-y on a Volvo with a baseball bat, per Patrik Sjoberg’s request:
As noted this morning, according to Expressen’s Jonatan Lindquist, Nicklas Lidstrom will get out of character on Swedish TV:
Lidstrom crushes myths about himself
You’ve never seen Nicklas Lidstrom [like this] before.
In tonight’s episode of “Patrick Meets” on TV3 at 21:00, “Mr. Perfect” lets loose with a bat on a car, sends a psych-out at Mats Sundin—and explains why guests at his wedding had to pay at the bar.
“It was because of [Tommy] Salo,” Lidstrom says on the program.
Nicklas Lidstrom is one of the greatest hockey players and he’s won all there is to win. He’s always been known as an almost unparalleled gentleman, both on and off the ice. In Detroit, he was nicknamed “Mr. Perfect” by teammates Kris Draper and Chris Osgood.
But Patrik Sjoberg does his best to dispel that myth. First, Lidstrom will tell you about the time he went into a rage at Tomas Holmstrom
“Went into the car and shouted”
“We’d bought coffee on the way to a game and I was a bit stressed. Holmstrom said it was clear to go and wen I turned left, we got into an accident. I was really angry at both him and myself. I went out and checked that the girl [involved] was okay, but then I went into the car and shouted a little.”
Sjoberg tries to provoke Lidstrom’s anger through various challenges—including a quiz on bumper cars, where it’s revealed that Lidstrom doesn’t know the blogger Kissie, or who is leading “Allsång på Skansen.” Sjoberg also allows Lidstrom to beat on an old Volvo with a bat, something that the rarely-angered Lidstrom gladly does.
“Salo made me…”
In the end, everything comes to a head when Sjoberg puts the question of a rumor that circulated in the hockey world during recent years to Lidstrom—that the guests had to pay their costs at multi-millionaire Nicklas Lidstrom’s wedding reception.
“You’re absolutely right, it was (Tommy) Salo that dared me to do it. It was my way of sticking it to him.”
And there’s a psych-out with Mats Sundin.
First, Sjoberg asks Lidstrom if he’d like to sit at the bar and compare Stanley Cup rings with Sundin (Lidstrom has four, Sundin none)
“No, I have too much respect for ‘Sudden.’ But I’d sit at the bar with him, have a beer or drink and talk about hockey.”
Psych-out No to “Sudden”
Eventually, however, there’s a psych-out, when Sjoberg takes out Lidstrom’s four rings.
“Hey ‘Sudden,’ this is how four Stanley Cup rings look,” says Lidstrom as he greets the camera.
Sjoberg also leaves a trace on Detroit—a nameplate in Lidstrom’s old place in the locker room says, “Sjoberg 242.”
Aftonbladet has also posted a video from the show…
And Aftonbladet’s Johan Renvall offered a summation thereof:
Here comes Lidas with a baseball bat
Crushes car windows on TV3’s “Patrik Meets”
In tonight’s episode of “Patrik meets” on TV3, viewers will see Nicklas Lidstrom, 42, as they’ve never seen him before.
The legendary defenseman takes a baseball bat in his hand and is told to do whatever he wants.
Lidas ten goes off on a car and smashes windows as if he could do nothing else.
It’s in “Patrik meets,” as former high jumper Patrik Sjoberg, 47, meets Swedish defenseman and hero Nicklas Lidstrom. Among other things, Sjoberg tries to dispel the myth about Lidstrom as a perpetual gentleman who never loses his patience. The Swedish defenseman is also known as “Mr. Perfect,” a nickname he received from his teammates on the Detroit Red Wings.
To achieve this result, Sjoberg takes Lidstrom to a beaten-up Volvo, provides him with a baseball bat and tells him that he will, “Do whatever he wants.” And the older rock-solid defenseman isn’t slow to take up the challenge. Taking great care, he smashes all the windows of the car’s doors, and makes sure to smash the mirrors and headlights.
“It feels good to get out some aggression,” says Lidstrom when he’s finished.
In other news, let’s get some trade rumor details straight. MLive’s Brendan Savage reported that the Wings have inquired about Jay Bouwmeester’s services, and the Detroit News’s Gregg Krupa both claimed that the Wings have also inquired about Keith Yandle (which is true) and that it would take Valtteri Filppula, Jonathan Ericsson and a “top prospect” to acquire Bouwmeester.
As such, the out-of-towners have picked up on the hometown speculation, as evidenced by Pro Hockey Talk’s James O’Brien’s interest in Krupa’s take…
Gregg Krupa reports that the Red Wings have also “inquired” about Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Keith Yandle.
It would cost the Red Wings considerably to acquire him. But Yandle, who turns 26 next month, is far more worthy of it than Bouwmeester.
The Red Wings have inquired about Yandle. But what complicates their pursuit is the perilous ownership situation in Phoenix.
(Krupa goes on to discuss the possibility of Coyotes players becoming available through a “dispersal draft,” but we’ll just move on from that subject.)
Here’s a quick-and-dirty breakdown of what the two defensemen bring to the table:
Yandle – 25 years old, cap hit: $5.25 million through 2015-16, 43 points in 2011-12
Bouwmeester – 28 years old, cap hit: $6.68M through 2013-14, 29 points in 2011-12
Of course, their respective teams might require different assets in a trade, but the Red Wings at least have options to fill the gaping holes in their defense.
And NESN’s Ricky Doyle is intrigued by this speculation…
This comes on the heels of last week’s report from Brendan Savage of MLive.com that said Detroit was in talks with Calgary about making a trade for veteran D-man Jay Bouwmeester.
According to The Detroit News, Phoenix’ “perilous ownership situation” is complicating matters when it comes to dealing for Yandle, a Boston native who turns 26 in September.
Yandle is among the NHL’s bright, young defensemen, having earned an All-Star selection each of the last two seasons. He tallied a career-high 48 assists and 59 points in 2010-11, and recorded 11-32-43 totals last season while helping to lead the Coyotes to the Western Conference Final. A nifty playmaker whose defense continues to improve,
Yandle has also shown plenty of durability, appearing in all 82 regular season games each of the last three seasons.
The cost for a defenseman like Yandle would undoubtedly be high from a talent standpoint. But with limited options in free agency, the Red Wings may be forced to roll the dice in order to improve their depleted blue line.
Yandle signed a five-year contract extension with the Coyotes in July 20.
The gaping hole along the Detroit Red Wings’ typically solid blue line could be filled capably by Phoenix Coyotes star defenceman Keith Yandle. And, according to report from the Detroit News on Tuesday, the Wings have inquired about a possible trade.
Off-season turnover has seen the Wings swap Brad Stuart to the San Jose Sharks and lose future Hall of Famer Nicklas Lidstrom to retirement. Half of their top-four blueliners gone.
Despite offers, the Original Six club’s defensive void has not yet been patched this off-season through free agency or trade. The Wings reportedly attempted to land Ryan Suter, Justin Schultz, Matt Carle and Sami Salo, all of whom signed elsewhere.
Last week it was reported that the Wings were speaking with the Calgary Flames about obtaining defenceman Jay Bouwmeester in exchange for Valtteri Filppula, Jonathan Ericsson and a prospect.
With the Philadelphia Flyers’ defensive core racked with injuries, they might also be looking to make a bid for Bouwmeester, the report suggests.
A pursuit of the 25-year-old Yandle, a key component in the Coyotes’ journey to the 2012 Western Conference final, will come at a high cost.
Yandle, selected to the last two All-Star Games, hasn’t missed a game for Phoenix in three full seasons. Last year he scored 11 goals, added 32 assists and took 51 minutes in penalties.
The defenceman is signed to the Coyotes through 2015-16 with an annual cap hit of $5.25 million.
I’ve said this before, I’m going to say it again, and I know that as soon as I hit the “submit entry” button, it won’t stop you from engaging in serious-ass speculation and talk about these potential moves, but…
The Red Wings are incredibly unlikely to make a trade for Bouwmeester or Yandle because these top-pair defensemen’s respective teams would require a top-pair defenseman in return for said players’ services, and the Red Wings can neither afford to drop a top-six forward like Filppula nor their top-pair defensemen, who are, as NHL.com’s 30 in 30 series and the Free Press’s Helene St. James suggested this morning, Niklas Kronwall and Ian White.
Yes, the Wings are kicking the tires on Bouwmeester, Yandle and every other defenseman they’re interested in. But again, kicking tires and making a trade are two very different things…
And in realistic terms, and I quote myself from this morning, the Wings don’t have the leverage to snag a defenseman without creating another gaping hole in their roster if they do anything less than wait until the start of the regular season at the very least, and in realistic terms, here’s their shopping list in terms of the “one more defenseman” Ken Holland wants to sign:
arring an unlikely pre-season trade, the Wings have a shallow pool of free agent defensemen to choose from, with Carlo Colaiacovo, Michal Rozsival, Pavel Kubina, Jaroslav Spacek, Scott Hannan, Brett Clark, Milan Jurcina, wild cards like Chris Campoli, Matt Gilroy, Cam Barker and lesser lights like Colin White, Sean O’Donnell, Jim Vandermeer and Kent Huskins representing the entirety of the Wings’ options available for only the price of their contracts.
I know this isn’t nearly as fun as talking about Bouwmeesters or Yandles, but realistic discussion is at least…less likely to be tremendously disappointing when a Colaiacovo, Rozsival, Kubina or Spacek comes to town.
In the alumni department, if you are interested, MLive’s Brendan Savage offered fan tributes to Tomas Holmstrom, and the Detroit News’s Ted Kulfan filed the following blog entry late last night (I missed it, sorry):
A reader brought up the question of whether Sergei Fedorov will be booed at Comerica Park during the old-timers game against Toronto during Winter Classic week.
I certainly hope Red Wings fans would cheer Fedorov. And when game time arrives, I think they will.
Granted, the ending to his career here wasn’t smooth and clean. Fedorov never seemed to fit in Anaheim, Columbus, to a lesser extent Washington, and likely realizes he made a mistake leaving.
But this was an electrifying talent, one of the best players in the game, and one of the key talents on championship teams.
He could be different, no doubt. Maybe Fedorov didn’t always say the right thing.
But Sergei Fedorov was an important Red Wing for a long time, and was a big reason the Wings won three Cups with him in the lineup.
He was a unique player, and to boo him at an event like this one will be, just wouldn’t reflect well on Red Wings fans.
In plain old odd news, the Orange County Register’s Matt Coker and Yahoo Sports’ Greg “Puck Daddy” Wyshynski are weighing in on the strange civil suit against Anaheim Ducks GM Bob Murray, and all I can tell you about these kinds of hearings is the following:
1. We will never know the “truth of the matter”;
2. When private investigators are involved, it is very hard to find out whether someone has truly been disabled, because “evidence” is not exactly “evidence.” I have had friends who were legitimately disabled by nothing less than degenerative back issues that required multiple surgeries, and in one case, a frickin’ broken neck and cognitive disabilities suffered fro a fall on the job, and both people were painted as scumbags because they did things like walking 200 feet or opening car doors.
I do not know who is at fault here, if any of the details are true, or who is lying, if anyone is lying at all, but to presume that either side is right or wrong in these kinds of cases is a dangerous step to take.
And finally, for the moment, anyway, I’ve noticed that flks on HF Boards are talking about Chris Chelios Hockey schools. Take note, friends: the Illinois-based schools are the business endeavors of Chris Chelios, the Red Wings player development/mentor’s cousin. Cousin Chris has an incredibly well-established and very well-regarded hockey school that is more than worth any hockey fan’s investment. I’ve heard nothing but good things about the Chelios Hockey schools, programs and camps. But they’re not taught by the man who wore #7 for Chicago and #24 for Detroit.
Also: Michigan Hockey is holding a contest whose prize is a Warrior covert DT1 stick. I entered it…
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