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Live Stream- Steve Yzerman And Nicklas Lidstrom Press Conference

Steve Yzerman will introduce Nick Lidstrom as a VP of Hockey Operations.

Watch below, scheduled to start at 1pm.

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Steeb's avatar

See? It is possible to mic the questioners, too!

Posted by Steeb on 01/11/22 at 02:07 PM ET

mrfluffy's avatar

Yzerman getting the band back together.

Nick with the chortle on Homer as well.

Posted by mrfluffy from the phone, calling Detroit, telling them it's on 01/11/22 at 02:12 PM ET

Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit's avatar

Nicely done. Especially the Swedish interview… wink

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit on 01/11/22 at 02:29 PM ET

SYF's avatar

I love the hire.  TPH has said that if he wasn’t an NHLer, he would have been an engineer. 

Enjoyed the heck outta that presser.  Thanks, Boss.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 01/11/22 at 02:34 PM ET

Paul's avatar

My observations from the presser- Lidstrom will be overseeing the defense, will go on ice if needed for teaching moments also wants to get to know some of them better, off the ice.

He will also be staying in Sweden.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 01/11/22 at 02:38 PM ET

cigar_nurse's avatar

Where does this leave Fischer?  Doing the defense in Europe?

Posted by cigar_nurse from On LTIR for the Greenville Pylons on 01/11/22 at 03:07 PM ET

ilovehomers's avatar

Got some rookie on Facebook saying its a bad idea to hire a guy with no executive experience to this high of a position.

I asked him what experience Yzerman had before getting hired with the Wings and im getting no answer. Lol.

Posted by ilovehomers on 01/11/22 at 03:14 PM ET


Hot Damn boys!!! 


welcome back Nick!

Posted by Matt_in_MI on 01/11/22 at 04:04 PM ET

Paul's avatar

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

The Red Wings are adding one of the best defenseman to ever play to the front office.

General manager and executive vice president Steve Yzerman announced Tuesday that the Wings have hired Nicklas Lidstrom as vice president of hockey operations.

Lidstrom, 51, will be involved in all aspects of hockey operations for the Red Wings in his new role.

But if Lidstrom is interested in returning to the ice as a player, Yzerman would be all for that also.

“We can do the team thing, too, if you want to talk about that,” joked Yzerman, while introducing Lidstrom on Tuesday during a Zoom conference.

Lidstrom spent his illustrious 20-year career with the Wings, winning four Stanley Cups, six Norris trophies (best defenseman), and a Conn Smythe Trophy (playoff MVP) in 2002, before retiring in 2012 and being named to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2015.

The timing of his return to hockey in a full-time capacity was right for Lidstrom.

“My kids are getting older, one living at home but pretty soon he’ll be out of the house, and this was the right time for kind of the next challenge for me, to do something different,” he said. “I always kept an eye on hockey and this was a great opportunity for me to do that.

“I’ve always loved hockey and watched the NHL ever since I moved back to Sweden. I’ve tried to follow the league and players and pay close attention to the NHL and I’ve always one day wanted to get back into it again.”


Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 01/11/22 at 04:47 PM ET

Hippy Dave's avatar

As a nostalgic Wings fan this makes me super happy, but as someone who occasionally works with people on the other side of the planet, I have serious doubts about how effective Nick will be staying over in Sweden.  Unless he likes 9pm conference calls it’s going to be tough for him to keep his finger on the pulse of hockey operations in Detroit.

Posted by Hippy Dave from Somewhere West of Detroit on 01/11/22 at 08:03 PM ET

Paul's avatar

Agreed HD, the test will start tonight, will he get up at 4:30am to watch Wings/Sharks?

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 01/11/22 at 08:06 PM ET

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