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The worst thing I can say about Nicklas Lidstrom, close to two years after he retired, is the truth: From every indication I've read over the past twenty-two months, Lidstrom has consistently and repeatedly stated that he is very, very happy being retired, enjoying the heck out of coaching kids' hockey for his alma mater, Vasteras IK, and living in a gorgeous house with a lake-front view.
Ahead of next Thursday's #5 retirement ceremony, the Red Wings published two articles, first offering a superb "By the Numbers" look at Lidstrom's career, and this afternoon (via RedWingsFeed), re-posting Bill Roose's year-old conversation with a...SIGH...Incredibly happily retired Lidstrom...From last February.
I can assure you that Lidstrom, whose work with Vasteras IK's 13-year-old's team amounts to a 5-day-a-week job in his words, hasn't changed a lick in terms of his enjoyment of his new role or his desire to retain showcasing his hockey skills on a rink full of kids who weren't born until after Lidstrom won his first Stanley Cup:
As an FYI--albeit a belated one--from the Wings:
NICK LIDSTROM JERSEY RETIREMENT NIGHT DETAILS ANNOUNCED FOR MARCH 6 GAME
… Puck Drop vs. Colorado Avalanche Moved to 8:00 p.m., Pre-game Ceremony Set for 6:30 p.m. …
DETROIT– The Detroit Red Wings announced today a game time change for Nick Lidstrom Jersey Retirement Night, presented by Flagstar Bank, on Thursday, March 6. The club’s 133rd consecutive sellout, originally posted as a 7:30 p.m. start, has been pushed back to 8:00 p.m. to accommodate the pre-game ceremony retiring No. 5 in honor of defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom.
Doors to Joe Louis Arena will open at 5:30 p.m. and fans are encouraged to arrive early for the game, as the pre-game ceremony will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m. The ceremony will conclude by 7:20 p.m., and the game against the visiting Colorado Avalanche will begin at 8:00 p.m.
George sidelined = behind on charitable reminders. Kevin Miller and a slate of Red Wings Alumni and Michigan State University alums are battling tonight at Munn Ice Arena in East Lansing to help raise funds for the Wounded Warrior Project, the United Way 2-1-1 and the Steadfast Foundation:
Updated 6x at 6:10 PM: As noted this morning, Chris Neil and Johan Franzen got into a dust-up in the 3rd period of the Red Wings-Senators game last night, and Franzen was not amused by Captain Caveman's antics...
And Neil is apparently affirming that he is in fact still a dick:
Not agreeing to fight two games into return from concussion, after scoring three goals, with 6-and-a-half left in the 3rd period = "Yellow?"
Chris Neil = dumbass.
I may not follow up on this one, because we all know Neil's spiel by now. As Franzen said, when SuperSkunk comes in with his cape on after the fact, he tends to leave a self-righteous stink behind him.
I'm just getting back into the swing of things after dealing with a severe anxiety attack a couple of days ago (I tend to talk about my depression more regularly, but my anxiety's more debilitating, and yes, 36 on a one-to-ten scale can indeed leave you in need of sensory depravation), but even having been out of the loop for a bit...
Assets: A polished two-way performer, he displays both offensive acumen and shutdown capability. Can play wing if need be and has tremendous determination. Has the size teams crave at the center position. Gets under opponents' skin. Is money standing in front of the opposing goal on power plays.
Flaws: Is a little inconsistent when it comes to both producing points and playing the body. Will occasionally cross the line in his attempt to get opponents off their game, and has become increasingly reluctant to drop the gloves. Injuries have crept up due to his rugged style of game.
I believe Kesler's statements suggesting that he wants to remain a Canuck, and as he grew up an Avs fan and went to Ohio State while turning down scholarships from U of M and MSU (Hometown ties for the Livonia boy? Not so much), I'm going to defer to JJ from Kansas on Winging it in Motown regarding what a certain Ken Holland had to say to ESPN's Pierre LeBrun about his trade deadline priorities:
From the Griffins...
GRIFFINS TO HOST PURPLE GAME ON MARCH 7
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Purple will literally be the name of the game on Friday, March 7 when the Griffins host their third annual Purple Community ® Game to benefit Van Andel Institute (VAI) and cancer research.
When fans arrive for the 7 p.m. battle against the Iowa Wild, they will step into the battle against cancer as nearly everything at Van Andel Arena will be in sync with the color associated with cancer survivors, including:
From the Red Wings' PR department:
START TIME FOR RED WINGS-RANGERS GAME ON MARCH 9 MOVED TO 12:30 P.M.
… Detroit Set to Battle NY Rangers at Madison Square Garden for NBC’s Game of the Week …
DETROIT – The start time for the Detroit Red Wings’ upcoming road game against the New York Rangers has been moved up to accommodate NBC Sports’ national broadcast of the Game of the Week. The Red Wings and Rangers will now meet at 12:30 p.m. (original start time – 7:30 p.m.) on Sunday, March 9, at Madison Square Garden.
With 22 games left in the regular season, the Red Wings currently hold a wild card spot in the Eastern Conference playoff race, with a 28-20-12 record overall. Detroit will visit New Jersey on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. and host back-to-back home games against the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday at 8:00 p.m. and the Devils on Friday at 7:30 p.m. prior to the March 9 game against the Rangers.
George here. I'll be back here a little today, but for the moment, here are a few Red Wings-related tidbits regarding the Wings' 6-1 rout of the Ottawa Senators:
1. Regarding Pavel Datsyuk, from MLive's Ansar Khan:
Pavel Datsyuk did not play in the third period for precautionary reasons. He’s still bothered by an inflamed knee. He had no points but posted a plus-3 rating. He and his teammates will have four days to rest. The Red Wings’ next game is Tuesday at New Jersey.
2. Regarding Chris Neil's decision to rip off Johan Franzen's helmet and attempt to fight a forward just recovering from a concussion like a cheap piece of *#$%@&...I mean as Neil is wont to do, from the Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch...
The Detroit Red Wings wrapped up their two game road trip with a 6-1 win over Ottawa.
The game was basically over in the first period with the Wings scoring 4 goals.
Franzen looked engaged and had three goals, Datsyuk sat out the 3rd period for precautionary reasons.
Detroit will return home, get some rest before heading to New Jersey to play the Devils on Tuesday.
I will update this post with who is replacing Betuzzi and any other lineup changes. Gustavsson is starting in goal too.
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