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Say what you will about Barry Trotz...

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From the DRW official Twitter feed:

Lidstrom confirmed that Barry Trotz said 'please don't retire' while in the handshake line following the NSH series.

Although, I suppose you could take that one of two ways:

  • Trotz believes Lids deserves a better sendoff than a 5-game first round loss
  • Trotz secretly thinks Lidstrom is declining fast and would be a detriment to the Wings and therefore, an asset to the Preds

I've always liked Trotz, so I'd like to think it's the former.

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I believe that Trotz was serious. Everything he has said previously indicates to me that he looks up to Lidstrom as much as his lack of a neck allows.

yeah, i was going to say, wouldn't this involve him being in a supine position?

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Funny, I was thinking the same thing to myself yesterday. "Trotz...pretty classy." Actually, if memory serves, I think I woke up with that thought in my head.

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I'd respect him more if he publically called out the fans in the series for acting like classless fools. Chanting you suck in a line where Zetter forgives Weber and they both act classy should be a learning moment for the trashy Preds fans.

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I'd respect him more if he publically called out the fans in the series for acting like classless fools. Chanting you suck in a line where Zetter forgives Weber and they both act classy should be a learning moment for the trashy Preds fans.

Have you been to the joe? We do that too. That's just how fans act during the game.

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Personally, I think Trotz said that to Lidstrom because he realizes that if Lidstrom returned it would make it that much more difficult (cap-wise) for the Wings to sign Suter. This is all strategy and posturing by Trotz.

Ok, in all seriousness yeah it's a nice thing to say

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Trotz knows Lidstrom is good for the game. He is a fan of the Perfect Human. Aren't we all? I like ol' Barry NoNeck.

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As I said in the game day thread of game 5 when this was first mentioned, it's a very classy act by Trotz. The guy is a darn good coach, and imho, it's a crime that he doesn't have a Jack Adams trophy yet. I honestly believe that it was purely him being classy and not trying any gamesmanship. Kudos to him.

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Am I the only one who doesn't really care that he said this? We all love TPH and want him to stay for at least another year, that doesn't make us all classy. Classiness aside, it was just a nice thing to say is all.

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When your in that kind of environment your not thinking of plotting any strategy trying to make his team better next year or the wings easier to beat. He generally wants lids back.

Thats got to mean a lot to lids coming from another coach. Nice to see

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Thats a class act I still believe it was a very clean series minus the Weber-incident and I have a feeling they might win it all this year. Fully expecting Babcock would say something similar if it came down to Weber being 41 old.

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What did you think Trotz was going to say? "You suck and we just beat your team's ass?"

I think every coach in the league respects Lidstrom. Same with every player probably.

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Ram-man83.jpg

...few people know that before he became a coach that Trotz was in fact Ram Man!

Anyway, Always liked Trotz. He's stuck with his team all this time and that shows a lot. Classy thing for him to say to the greatest Defenseman of all time.

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What did you think Trotz was going to say? "You suck and we just beat your team's ass?"

I think every coach in the league respects Lidstrom. Same with every player probably.

With the exception of one who accused him of faking a nagging injury a few years ago.

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Have you been to the joe? We do that too. That's just how fans act during the game.

Not all of them.

I get razzing the goalies or other players in-game. Where I live there used to be a minor league hockey team and every time after they scored, a small group of fans did the exact same chant. And they could easily be saying things that are much worse.

But you don't do it right after a game or series ends when the other team probably did little/nothing to piss you off or classless. That's not right what they did.

Just because fans might do what they do doesn't necessarily make it right or appropriate all the time.

As for Coach Trotz, I've always liked him, have never had anything against the Nashville team themselves either. Sure the Weber incident with Zetterberg stinks, he had a major mental brainfart, but you'd have to do a lot to convince me that he is a dirty player or consistent cheap artist. I'd still take him on my team in a heartbeat.

Great words by Trotz there.

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