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by George Malik on 06/02/12 at 02:02 PM ET
Updated 3x with free agency scuttlebutt at 1:45 PM: As noted this morning, Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom received quite the feting at last night’s Red Hot Chili Peppers concert, and as RedWingsFeed points out, Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith is something of a Wings fan.
If you’re willing to deal with some audio blips and a significant number of f-bombs from Smith, Ology.com’s Brett Warner found a lovely little cell phone clip taken by Dominic the Al Katib of Nicklas Mother****ing Lidstrom being introduced by Smith and speaking to the crowd at the Joe:
RedWingsFeed found a different angle from Douglas Aker, if you’re interested in a side-of-stage glance…
Dec. 15, 2010 In his 19th season in the league, Lidstrom finally records his first career hat trick, proving once and for all that there’s nothing a 40-year-old guy won’t do to cover up a receding hairline.
Jan. 18, 2011 League officials name Lidstrom a captain for the first ever NHL All-Star Game fantasy draft, after he’s the only player to show up with a draft list that isn’t just the words “Nicklas Lidstrom” printed 40 different times.
Nov. 11, 2011 Lidstrom takes part in a 3-0 victory over the Oilers to become the first player in NHL history to play in 900 career regular season wins, although critics point out that he still remains tied for dead last in career wins against the Detroit Red Wings.
Feb. 4, 2012 While he has become used to players expressing their admiration for him and urging him to continue playing, Lidstrom admits he still finds it kind of creepy when a wild-eyed Tim Thomas vows to randomly take a year off if he ever tries to retire.
May 31, 2012 As his retirement news conference winds down, Red Wings fans around the world are forced to accept the fact that for the first time in 20 years, Nicklas Lidstrom has done something to disappoint them.
• And if it matters, MLive found that Wings fans are generally comfortable with the concept that their team will part ways with Jiri Hudler this summer.
Update #3: Aha! I can add some actual hockey scutttlebutt to the equation! The Minneapolis Star-Tribune’s Michael Russo keeps on talking about free agents while suggesting that the Wild are going to successfully sign both Zach Parise and Ryan Suter before the Wings can get their hands on the pair, assuming they hit the market to begin with…
Huge month for the Wild. It has decisions to make on Guillaume Latendresse, and potential draft day deals. As we know, GM Chuck Fletcher believes the draft and soon after is a time to swing deals. However, since we know Zach Parise is Plan A, it’ll be interesting to see how active Fletcher can be trade-wise around or at the June 22-23 draft until he knows what Parise’s doing.
Regardless, Fletcher has said over and over the Wild needs to add “NHL talent,” so this could be an active, aggressive summer for the Wild GM. As I mentioned, I think it makes a lot of sense to try to trade for the rights of Ryan Suter if he doesn’t re-sign in Nashville. For those rationales, see my blog a few days ago.
However! As Paul posted yesterday, Predators GM David Poile told ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun that he is not inclined to trade Suter’s rights at the draft, preferring to negotiate with Suter until noon on July 1st if need be:
Two years ago, Poile traded away the rights to UFA-to-be blueliner Dan Hamhuis at the draft when it became clear he wasn’t going to re-sign. Many expected Poile might do the same with Suter’s rights at this year’s draft if he remains unsigned, but the veteran GM indicated otherwise Friday.
“Based on the conversations, I do not feel that’s going to happen, no,” Poile said. “I don’t want to speak for Ryan, but there’s nothing that indicates that there’s anything that’s negative with him re-signing with Nashville. The conversations are always pro-Nashville, our city, our team, his role ...”
But obviously, the clock is ticking toward July 1, when he officially becomes an unrestricted free agent.
“He knows my feelings as to how it would be certainly in the Nashville Predators’ best interest to sign sooner rather than later, but I’m also well aware I don’t control that,” Poile said. “That’s the right that he’s earned to become an unrestricted free agent. Whether he takes that opportunity or not, I don’t know the answer to that yet.”
This is just me guessing, but there’s always the possibility that Suter checks out what’s out there July 1 but circles back to the Predators, much like Ilya Kovalchuk did with the Devils in the summer of 2010.
Too early to tell at this point. The positive for the Predators is that the lines of communication remain open.
Update #3.5: Aaron Ward posted a great photo of Lidstrom.
And who knew that Danny Markov was on Twitter?
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