Posts tagged “Nicklas Lidstrom”

NO.

The Chief highlights the horror.

I don’t care if you’re one of those rare people who try to give Ericsson a pass these days. You have to admit his taking over Lidstrom’s lockerroom stall is a crime against the Winged Wheel.

Is Niklas Kronwall too attached to his stall? I would give that stall to Brendan Smith before Jonathan Ericsson.

Goodbye, Nick

That was a difficult presser to watch, wasn’t it? This situation is, for me, significantly different from the retirement of The Captain. With Nick, you’ve got a guy who is still extremely effective versus a great leader whose on-ice ability was considerably diminished.

The greedy Wings fan typing this selfishly wants Lidstrom to play out the string rather than bow out while he’s still recognizably Nicklas Lidstrom.

But I am conflicted: we always knew this is what would happen. He weighed himself against his own standard and found himself wanting. And because it’s that standard that sets him apart, I’m going to do my best to suppress the greed and just be thankful that I was able to watch Nick play for so long.

It’s the end of an NHL epoch—the NHL today is a different beast because of Nick Lidstrom and his influence. As much of a hit as this is, the game going forward will bear the marks of this career.

It means a huge change for the Wings, who have ordered themselves around Nick for years, and who now have to find a way to adapt to a new reality. Whether or not they can bring in help from the outside, the challenge is huge and it’s likely going to mean a bumpy change in system and standards.

This truly is now the team of the younger generation—likely next captain Henrik Zetterberg and guys like Pavel Datsyuk, Valtteri Filppula and Niklas Kronwall will take on a heavy leadership mantle decorated by two of the organization’s best ever. What will their legacy be?

Thanks for everything, Nick. We’ll miss you.

The Saddest Play of the Season

You know.

The Root of Sadness

This is where Ian White sees somethings shiny to his right and ignores the perfectly good, nearly as shiny thing right in front of him.

Why?

This is where three Red Wings chase Martin Erat like he stole their wallets.

Sadness

Now he stole Jimmy Howard’s wallet too.

Crap

This is where they all realize Kevin Klein is about to steal their car. The wallet thefts were just a ruse hiding the bigger plan!

Slam Dunk

This is where Kevin Klein steals their car while Martin Erat counts the money he stole as he stands in the corner.

What just happened?

That’s what Ian White is asking while Nick Lidstrom skates away shaking his head and Jimmy Howard double-checks the cash he hides in his pads.

We don’t know, Ian. We don’t know.

Relive the Moment

So, we missed the game due to the birthing class as I said we would. But we caught the last 12 minutes on the radio. And when that faceoff after the puck went into the bench came up, I said “come on, guys, do it.”

And this is what they did.

So. Awesome.

I could watch that play at any point in the rest of my life and still love it: the way Nick sees Z out of the corner of his eye and puts it to that spot along the boards. The way Z immediately rifles it across to Pavel. The way Pavel undresses Ryan Suter and snipes Pekka Rinne. Incredible.

I don’t know what happened the rest of the game. But that moment was sweet. The Wings have something this year: a certain clutchness. It’s great.

Anyway, before we head out to the second birthing class session this morning, three things:

  1. Someone tell Ryan Suter that the only way he avoids that ever happening again in public to him is to sign with Detroit.
  2. Have Ken Kal and Paul Woods changed formats? Seemed like they were taking turns with calling the game and offering color. As someone who has been conditioned to exclusively associate “on-ice events” with Kal and “uh analysis uh” with Woods, it was weird.
  3. See the description of the video I’ve linked here. How does Fox Sports opt to put the terrible Pistons on the main channel versus the Wings? Stupid.

Nick on NHL 36

The NHL’s new film group, NHL Original Productions, will be following Lidstrom around today and tomorrow to film his game-day routines and set up a new episode of NBC Sports Network’s NHL 36.

So, set your DVRs for January 25th at 6:30 PM.

Nick a Norris Finalist Again

Good to see all the talk about Nick being Norris-worthy again wasn’t just talk. And it was good to see him in the list for the Byng, as well. Nothing against the other contenders for the awards, but no one exemplifies those two trophies like Nicklas Lidstrom. He’d better win both.