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Will Nicklas Lidstrom Retire?


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#1 Pat

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Posted 13 May 2011 - 01:47 AM

After watching the heartbreaking loss I realized that this may have been the last game I've ever seen of Lidstrom. It's a harsh reality that may occur during this years off-season. Babcock said in his postgame conference that Nick is a family guy, but he also did say that Nick would talk to him about his decision whether or not to continue playing.

All in all I believe he will come back for one more year, and will publicly say that next season would be his last. I believe he will take a deep pay cut in order for the wings to acquire a top end defenseman or forward, at a pay of 2-4 Million. (Brad Richards, Shea Weber, Zach Parise, etc)

I also believe Nick Lidstrom will win the Norris trophy this year, which will help him in the decision making process.

Discuss.

Edited by Pat, 13 May 2011 - 01:49 AM.


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Posted 13 May 2011 - 01:49 AM

When this topic comes up I feel like I have no idea. I hope he comes back.

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Posted 13 May 2011 - 01:54 AM

He knows he has more hockey left in him, he'll be back again next year. One year at a time. It'll be another long decisive decision but we'll be seeing #5 again next year.

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Posted 13 May 2011 - 01:57 AM

I think it depends on what moves Holland makes, and if Lids feels that the team is improved for a Cup run. I suppose if Kenny kept everyone from this year and made zero changes, there would be more chance that Nick would retire. He won't waste his time.
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Posted 13 May 2011 - 01:59 AM

He's already stated that he would be willing to move down to the 3rd and 4th defensive pairing in the future. That to me indicates he will be back.

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Posted 13 May 2011 - 02:11 AM

He's already stated that he would be willing to move down to the 3rd and 4th defensive pairing in the future. That to me indicates he will be back.


When did he say that? Got a link?

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Posted 13 May 2011 - 02:48 AM

Na hes 41, I think its a wrap. Hope im wrong. getting zach parise would bef****** incredible though. Hes like darren helm with a scoring touch

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Posted 13 May 2011 - 02:52 AM

Let's all hope and pray he stays. He still our best D at 41. :siren:
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Posted 13 May 2011 - 02:56 AM

I think he'll do 1 more year. Next summer will see a big change in the Wings roster as the likes of Rafalski, Bertuzzi + Holmstrom will all retire. I imagine Nick will be one of them, to start a new era in Wings history.
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Posted 13 May 2011 - 02:57 AM

Let's all hope and pray he stays. He still our best D at 41. :siren:


IDK about that. kronwall made a decent case of best D this playoffs.

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Posted 13 May 2011 - 03:19 AM

One more year!
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Posted 13 May 2011 - 03:42 AM

He'll be back. Not for any less then $5 mill after he wins the Norris.

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Posted 13 May 2011 - 05:46 AM

I'm terrified to think of what this team would look like without him. Imagine our PP without Nick...it would be a night mare. He has to be the best offensive dman in hockey, I'm talkingo patience and poise with the puck in the offensive zone. Kronwall doesn't nearly compare and Rafalski has almost no patience or shot selection anymore.

I really hope Nick will take the Yzerman pay cut this year so we can make a splash this offseason. If this team comes back mostly untouched, I'm gonna be pretty disappointed. I'm of the camp that believes, for this team to go anywhere, more than a couple guys need to go. (Hudler, Modano, Osgood,Ericsson, Salei for sure and go from there)

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Posted 13 May 2011 - 06:09 AM

I believe he'll come back for another year. He made it clear this season that he hasn't lost the ability nor the desire to compete at a high level.

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Posted 13 May 2011 - 07:54 AM

That was his last game as a Red Wing. He had an epic career but he knows his time in the NHL is over. He will likely go back to Sweden and play with the Olympic/World team there.
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Posted 13 May 2011 - 07:56 AM

he knows his time in the NHL is over.


Where do you get that impression?

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Posted 13 May 2011 - 07:58 AM

That was his last game as a Red Wing. He had an epic career but he knows his time in the NHL is over. He will likely go back to Sweden and play with the Olympic/World team there.

Where would possibly make you ascertain something like this?
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Posted 13 May 2011 - 07:59 AM

What else does this man have to accomplish in the NHL? He has done EVERYTHING already.
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Posted 13 May 2011 - 08:23 AM

One more year! One more year!

In all seriousness, I don't think he's done with hockey. He's got one more year in him, at the least.

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Posted 13 May 2011 - 08:47 AM

As much as we love him, I think he's over payed. Time to go Nick, and built this franchise with the other Nick.





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