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ESPN considers Lidstrom the "Perfect Human"

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Well duhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, of course he is.

"Well thats it from here, its Chirs Osgood for ESPN.com filling in for Pierre who was too tired, cold, and lazy to this interview.." :lol:

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Great article! Nice to see the media fluff his feathers a bit now, to make up for officially declaring him "done" in November of 2009.

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Think Ozzie could have put on a shirt for this interview?

But yeah, Nick is Jesus.

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Defensive coordinator

They don't really seem to do anything more than run defensive drills at practice and recommend which pairings should go out there in certain situations. At least, for the Wings they don't. If Nick wants to, I'm sure he can use that machine like brain to be a head coach.

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They don't really seem to do anything more than run defensive drills at practice and recommend which pairings should go out there in certain situations. At least, for the Wings they don't. If Nick wants to, I'm sure he can use that machine like brain to be a head coach.

I think Lidstrom would bring more to the table, and I would love to see him work with the Wings after he does go. What you have to remember is exactly why he is going to retire. He wanted to be with his family and with his kids wanting to attend school in Sweden you know once he does go, he'll be moving back to Sweden and actually having a house for his son. Not that staying with relatives is a bad thing or anything.

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This was awesome.

Also, hellllooooooo Mr. Osgood... :wub:

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ESPN isn't actually calling Lids the Perfect Human, it's the nickname that the Wings have for him.

Regardless, a Lidstrom lovefest in the media isn't going to be scoffed at by me. Lidstrom is the best on the ice, even at 40.

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I've often wondered what I did to have the great fortune to watch some of the greatest suit up for Detroit teams, nothing probably but what a ride. Thanks to Nick for taking me along on the hockey part.

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I've often wondered what I did to have the great fortune to watch some of the greatest suit up for Detroit teams, nothing probably but what a ride. Thanks to Nick for taking me along on the hockey part.

Yeah... I feel so fortunate to be able to watch every single game Datsyuk and Lidstrom play (other players too but I'm gonna stick with them two)

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Yeah... I feel so fortunate to be able to watch every single game Datsyuk and Lidstrom play (other players too but I'm gonna stick with them two)

They're two of the players that will make a play every single game where you have to rewind your DVR and just go, "wait, what the hell did he just do?!" in a good way.

Maybe I exaggerate for Lidstrom, but I know I do that all the time, mainly because I'm a defenseman that's about Lids' size (i.e. not very big), so I try to emulate his game as much as possible.

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I don't think the OP wanted to draw our attention to the article itself, but rather the fact that ESPN actually mentioned hockey AND in a good way. :shocking:

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The Perfect Human is now a -1 on the season. I'm scared.

It was definitely time for a change in the 5 man units.

I feel like Lidstrom and Stuart started racking up minuses out there once the Franzen-Filppula-Bertuzzi line started to slump. I'm not saying that Nick and Stewie aren't at fault at all. I just think that whole five man unit started to lose trust in each other. Now of course with Pav and Z split, the lines are much different but I hope for Nick's sake that he finds himself in a situation with better chemistry with the forwards.

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The Perfect Human is now a -1 on the season. I'm scared.

It was definitely time for a change in the 5 man units.

I feel like Lidstrom and Stuart started racking up minuses out there once the Franzen-Filppula-Bertuzzi line started to slump. I'm not saying that Nick and Stewie aren't at fault at all. I just think that whole five man unit started to lose trust in each other. Now of course with Pav and Z split without Dats in the lineup, the lines are much different but I hope for Nick's sake that he finds himself in a situation with better chemistry with the forwards.

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Oh yeah... Thanks for reminding me. Wow. I really just blocked that out.

I wish I could.

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A couple of famous hockey names give their take on Nick Lidstrom:

Paul Coffey

"You could tell right away that he was special,'' reminisces Hall of Famer Paul Coffey. "I know people are always saying that after the fact. That they KNEW way back when. But this was so obvious.

"You couldn't miss it.

"Even I couldn't miss it.

"The one word that best described Nick Lidstrom when he and I played as a pair - and that's a long time ago - is the same word that best describes him now: Poise. He literally has not changed.

"You hear about how the game today is better, all the guys are bigger and stronger and faster . . . OK, maybe they've got zero per cent body fat and they can bench-press the rink. Great. But they run around like maniacs for 40 seconds, they're beat, and they come off.

"Not Nick. Nick looks as if he could play 40 minutes, not 40 seconds. He's smart. And smart never goes out of style.''

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"A guy I played with in Edmonton, Garry Lariviere . . . remember him?'' asks Coffey. "He'd always say 'Just sit back in the rocking chair. Take it easy in that rocking chair.' Which meant, on a 1-on-1 or a 2-on-1, let the guy with the puck make the decision. It's HIS play to make, not yours. That's Nick.

"Everything's an angle for him. Knows the dimensions of the rink. Got a nice cruise to him, and I don't mean that in a negative way. Not fast, but not slow. Doesn't lead the rush, but always joins it.

"He's like Tom Brady. Never gets rattled. Always gives himself options.''

Scotty Bowman

"Pre-expansion, nobody was as good as Doug Harvey,'' says Scotty Bowman, who coached Harvey, Larry Robinson, Coffey and Lidstrom during his unparalleled career. "Then Orr came along in '66 and changed the game. But Nick . . . look at all the trophies. He's been at the top for so long. I'd say Robinson was about the closest in terms of longevity. He went to L.A. and played pretty well, remember? Larry. Potvin. Coffey. Bourque. Great, great players.

"Nick's the best defenceman in the game today. Still. Who else this year? Byfuglien? He's not a defenceman, he's a rover.

"As to who's the best ever . . . it's tough to rate this guy here and that guy there. I will say I don't rate anyone AHEAD of Lidstrom, though.''

Al MacInnis

"I guess there's Orr and Bourque,'' reckons MacInnis, now VP of hockey ops for the St. Louis Blues. "Then there's a small group of great, great players right there, too. Lidstrom's in there. Top Five all-time? Probably. I never saw Doug Harvey. But Robinson, Potvin . . . he's up there with those guys. And you could argue that no one, ever, has done it as well for as long.

"Is there a smarter player today, any position, than Nick Lidstrom? I'll go that one further: Has there been a smarter player, ever, than Nick Lidstrom?

"He's 40. When I was 40, if I remember correctly, I was coming off that detatched retina. But strength was becoming an issue. I wasn't winning the same amount of puck battles as I had in the past. It showed. This guy's 40 and trying to win another Norris Trophy. That's crazy.''

.....

"Chalk it up to a marvel of genetics, that amazing hockey mind, being a freak of nature or . . . whatever,'' whistles MacInnis.

"But by any standard, Nick Lidstrom is a special player. Unique.

"Truly one of a kind.''

Potvin

"I would've thought he'd have slowed down by now,'' muses Potvin. "He hasn't. And now it's becoming quite clear that he won't. I know the game has changed, you hear that maybe there isn't as much pressure nowadays on defencemen. But, no, it's not that. It's his mind, the machinery above his shoulders, that makes it all happen.

"I'm not one to hand out compliments loosely, but he is truly amazing. I tell people 'Watch his feet, watch his feet.' He's like the boxer in the middle of the ring that you can't get around.

"Where does he rank? Well, he's certainly the best I've seen in the last 10 years. I'm not going to start picking No. 1, No. 2 or No. 12. That's somebody else's job. I will say this: He's a defenceman that I love to watch play, and those guys are few and far between.''

Forgot link: http://www.calgaryherald.com/sports/hockey/calgary-flames/Wings+ageless+wonder+Lidstrom+still+special/4072525/story.html

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