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Nick Lidstrom retires after 20 seasons


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#341 plopster

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Posted 31 May 2012 - 10:34 PM

Really makes me wonder if he would have hung it up last year if Rafalski hadn't beat him to it. Man I am going to miss hearing Kenny scream Nick's name after a bomb from the blue line. All that is left of my childhood wings team is Holmstrom. I just can't believe Nick couldn't make it a legal 21 years. I wanted him to play in the Classic so bad. Seriously, this is my shocked face.
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#342 Hockeytown0001

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Posted 31 May 2012 - 11:16 PM

Saw this on FB.

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Posted 31 May 2012 - 11:58 PM

[quote name='pucktividi' timestamp='1338490769' post='2304354']
"Retiring today allows me to walk away with pride, rather than have the game walk away from me"

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Translation:

I'd better quit before I become the LGW whipping boy!!

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Posted 01 June 2012 - 01:49 AM

[quote name='rbkhockey43' timestamp='1338500856' post='2304387']
Don't know if this has been posted, but it's been all over the web.

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Thanks for that. Those tickets for Yzerman's were almost impossible to get. I'm hoping that I won't miss out on Lids banner presentation at the Joe.

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Posted 01 June 2012 - 01:54 AM

Awesome tweet from Alex Bolduc (@ADuke49) of The Coyotes

"ALMOST beat Lidstrom1 on 1 one time.......and by almost I mean chipped it past him and went for a change #claimtofame"



It's great to see all the players showing their admiration of Nick and his magnificent career. I know that I sure will miss him. Things sure are going to be different at The Joe. Godspeed Nick. Thanks for everything.

#346 Nev

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Posted 01 June 2012 - 02:18 AM

[quote name='BigWillieStyle' timestamp='1338533646' post='2304497']
Awesome tweet from Alex Bolduc (@ADuke49) of The Coyotes

"ALMOST beat Lidstrom1 on 1 one time.......and by almost I mean chipped it past him and went for a change #claimtofame"

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Hahaha, great tweet and a nice way to lighten up what is an understandably somber and emotional thread.
"If I can be totally honest, it's not a lot of guys you get impressed by. Actually, it's no one else but him. From the bench, to see what move he makes -- you're like, 'I wish I could do that.' Sometimes you sit on the bench and just think, 'wow,' and you look over to the other bench and they sit there and shake their heads, too. He has great, great skills. I'm probably not going to play with another player who has the kind of skills he has." Mikael Samuelsson on Pavel Datsyuk

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Posted 01 June 2012 - 03:03 AM

[quote name='Vladiator' timestamp='1338533373' post='2304496']
Thanks for that. Those tickets for Yzerman's were almost impossible to get. I'm hoping that I won't miss out on Lids banner presentation at the Joe.
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Tickets to Forsberg's retirement ceremony were not at all hard to get. There were hundreds of empty seats at the arena that night; the Avs really do have huge attendance problems.

As a plus, I got to watch the Wings shut out the Avs that night after the festivities.

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Posted 01 June 2012 - 06:01 AM

Heres to you Lids. Lets hope your next contribution to the game will be teaching Kevin so we can have another Lids in the Motor City.
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Posted 01 June 2012 - 06:59 AM

Yeah, its definitely a tough pill to swallow. I think what hurts, isn't the fact that he won't be on our team anymore, its the fact that he's such a great person and the Red Wings were our connection to him. Without him on the team, we don't have that connection, which is why it almost feels like a death to us. All we'll have of him is the memories now.

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Posted 01 June 2012 - 07:42 AM

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Posted 01 June 2012 - 08:54 AM

[quote name='Hockeytown0001' timestamp='1338524191' post='2304477']
Saw this on FB.

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#352 Nightfall

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Posted 01 June 2012 - 10:02 AM

[url="http://thehugeshow.n...ID=2466996"]Ken Holland Interview[/url]

This is a great interview with Ken Holland as he discusses Nick's retirement. He mentioned that Nick had a hairline fracture when he went down with injury. I like what he says when he outlines his plans for free agency and such.
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Posted 01 June 2012 - 10:59 AM

It's kind of a sad time for us as fans, but I have to remember that for Lidstrom himself it's an end to an incredible career and an overall positive thing.

Who wouldn't want to have the kind of career Nick did? Sure it would've been nicer if the Wings won the Cup one last time for him, but he was one of the best to ever play the game, was insanely healthy through most of his career, and left the game on his terms while still playing at an elite level. How many players actually get to do that?

I started watching the Wings as a serious fan the year they named Yzerman captain. In all my years as a Wings fan I have been incredibly lucky to get to watch franchise players like Yzerman and Lidstrom play for 20 years a piece. How many fans get to have not one but two superstar players who remained with the team their entire career and brought nothing but honor to the organization?

Congrats Nick. And thank you.

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Posted 01 June 2012 - 11:05 AM

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Can't wait to read the "Phoenix: I still think it's a hockey market" chapter of Gary Bettman's autobiography. I'm guessing it's going to be chapter 11.

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Posted 01 June 2012 - 01:37 PM

Have to wonder now how long it takes before Nick is working with Hakan Andersson as a European scout. That's my guess on what he & Kenny talked about as far as him having a role in the organ-i-zation.

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Posted 01 June 2012 - 01:40 PM

Saw this on FB:

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Posted 01 June 2012 - 01:59 PM

[quote name='Uncle Danny' timestamp='1338576053' post='2304621']
Saw this on FB:

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That is awesome. I am not on the facebook, but are there any other contributions like this and the stairway?
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#358 Hockeytown0001

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Posted 01 June 2012 - 03:08 PM

It's still yet to hit me that next season I'll be watching a Red Wings game for the first time in my life that Nicklas Lidstrom isn't listed on the roster. :(

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#359 wingslogo19

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Posted 01 June 2012 - 03:46 PM

[quote name='Hockeytown0001' timestamp='1338581287' post='2304651']
It's still yet to hit me that next season I'll be watching a Red Wings game for the first time in my life that Nicklas Lidstrom isn't listed on the roster. :(
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I'm with you on that one
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#360 55fan

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Posted 01 June 2012 - 04:36 PM

[quote name='cusimano_brothers' timestamp='1338509871' post='2304423']
On TSN's [i]OTR[/i] [url="http://www.tsn.ca/sh...ows/otr/"]today[/url].
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Thanks for that link. Not only was it a good interview, but the page itself really put this into perspective for me.

Nick was talking about looking forward to retirement, and on the same page was a photo of Wade Belak.

Somehow, retirement doesn't seem so bad any more.




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