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#161 PredsFanTheBayouState

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Posted 30 May 2012 - 07:34 PM

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he still looks good at 42[img]http://www.letsgowings.com/forums/public/style_emoticons/default/clap.gif[/img]




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Posted 30 May 2012 - 07:36 PM

[quote name='GMRwings1983' timestamp='1338424050' post='2304025']
Haven't been on LGW all day.

Not surprised that he's retiring, but am surprised that he picked this day to do it, with the Cup Finals kicking off and all.

In any case, it sucks that he's gone. He could have still played several years at a good level. It's a shame Holland did s*** to improve this team last season and that his final year ended in a first round playoff exit.

[i][b]He's the best hockey player I ever got to see in his prime and the best I ever will see.[/b][/i]
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That's a bold statement (and not just because I bolded it) considering that we have all seen Yzerman, Fedorov and Shanahan play for the Red Wings in their primes as well...great company for sure! Most consistent? Iron Man? Absolutely!

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Posted 30 May 2012 - 07:37 PM

[quote name='LeftWinger' timestamp='1338424591' post='2304035']
That's a bold statement (and not just because I bolded it) considering that we have all seen Yzerman, Fedorov and Shanahan play for the Red Wings in their primes as well...great company for sure! Most consistent? Iron Man? Absolutely!
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I never got to see Yzerman in his late 80's early 90's days.

Even if I did, I still have Lidstrom ranked above Yzerman all time.
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Posted 30 May 2012 - 07:42 PM

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he still looks good at 42[img]http://www.letsgowings.com/forums/public/style_emoticons/default/clap.gif[/img]
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Alas, if only I could look half as good at 42...maybe its because I am not super human?

[quote name='GMRwings1983' timestamp='1338424658' post='2304036']
I never got to see Yzerman in his late 80's early 90's days.

Even if I did, I still have Lidstrom ranked above Yzerman all time.
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That sure would be a toss up! When Yzerman was scoring 60 goals and getting MVP votes, he sure seemed unstoppable...like I said, great company! In their primes, all four were HOF's in the making!

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Posted 30 May 2012 - 07:43 PM

I have mixed emotions of both sadness and anger.

Sad to see who in my mind is the greatest defenseman in NHL history, someone who I grew up watching, retire.

Angry to see him go out the way he did. Holland brought him back, just to stand pat and not improve the team around whatsoever around him. In exchange, we get just about shut out in the first round. He deserved a better way to go out......

He deserved a better fate.


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Posted 30 May 2012 - 07:45 PM

[quote name='LeftWinger' timestamp='1338424929' post='2304038']
Alas, if only I could look half as good at 42...maybe its because I am not super human?


That sure would be a toss up! When Yzerman was scoring 60 goals and getting MVP votes, he sure seemed unstoppable...like I said, great company! In their primes, all four were HOF's in the making!
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Lidstrom is the second best defenseman ever behind Orr. No way you can honestly say Yzerman is a top 5 all time forward.

Also, Lidstrom's longevity puts him above Yzerman. Stevie was a solid player in his late 30's, but injuries eventually took their toll. Lidstrom was an All-Star caliber player all the way to the end. I mean, the guy won all his Norris trophies after age 30!

[quote name='ShanahanMan' timestamp='1338425015' post='2304041']
I have mixed emotions of both sadness and anger.

Sad to see who in my mind is the greatest defenseman in NHL history, someone who I grew up watching, retire.

Angry to see him go out the way he did. Holland brought him back, just to stand pat and not improve the team around whatsoever around him. In exchange, we get just about shut out in the first round. He deserved a better way to go out......

He deserved a better fate.
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For that, Holland deserves......

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Posted 30 May 2012 - 07:47 PM

[quote name='GMRwings1983' timestamp='1338424050' post='2304025']
Haven't been on LGW all day.

Not surprised that he's retiring, but am surprised that he picked this day to do it, with the Cup Finals kicking off and all.


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It makes perfect sense to make his decision just before the Wings brass meeting to give them enough time to discuss the team's future which is another prove what class act Nick is.

...and besides there are no games tomorrow :P

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Posted 30 May 2012 - 07:53 PM

[quote name='GMRwings1983' timestamp='1338425139' post='2304042']
Lidstrom is the second best defenseman ever behind Orr. No way you can honestly say Yzerman is a top 5 all time forward.

Also, Lidstrom's longevity puts him above Yzerman. Stevie was a solid player in his late 30's, but injuries eventually took their toll. Lidstrom was an All-Star caliber player all the way to the end. I mean, the guy won all his Norris trophies after age 30!



For that, Holland deserves......

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he might be going to sign ryan suter for ya'll guys and you wanna behead him,wait to see what happens in offseason,before taken unnnecessary action

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Posted 30 May 2012 - 07:56 PM

Please say it isn't so ... so sad. End of an era.

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Posted 30 May 2012 - 07:57 PM

Soon as I heard about this I cried. Kinda knew it was coming but still hard to deal with.

It was an honor watching and rooting on the best defensman to ever play the game. A Red Wing always and forever. Thank you, Nick!!
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Posted 30 May 2012 - 08:01 PM

Wayne Gretzky's reaction to Lids' retirement: [url="http://video.nhl.com...id=179737"]Link[/url]

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Posted 30 May 2012 - 08:08 PM

Well this just ruined my year...
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Posted 30 May 2012 - 08:15 PM

We all knew this was coming. I love you, Nick.

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Posted 30 May 2012 - 08:26 PM

Sad, sad day in hockeytown tomorrow. Nick you will be missed greatly. One of my favourites of all time. So much talent, so much intelligence, but most of all so much class. He's a better person than he is a hockey player and that says a lot. Thank you Nick for everything

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Posted 30 May 2012 - 08:31 PM

Hey, did I just see Ashton Kutcher lurking around? You all been punk'd!

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Posted 30 May 2012 - 08:35 PM

This is the first day in God knows how long that I've missed LGW in my rounds and haven't spent much time on Twitter and this is what happens.

He knows that he's ready and no one should contest it.

I'm absolutely elated that me and my wife got to see him play in person at The Joe this seasons home opener. Just sad that he won't be playing in the Winter Classic next season.

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Posted 30 May 2012 - 08:45 PM

Shocking to me. The signs all pointed to returning. I wonder if this is him not having faith in the team next season? It seemed like they could make a run for the Cup if he returned and be competitive, guaranteed.

At any rate, good luck to him when he returns to Sweden and all his future endeavors. The greatest defenseman to play the game.
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Posted 30 May 2012 - 08:48 PM

I come home tired from working hard on my first day on the job. After reading this it made me completely forget about how tired I was. An emotional roller coaster from feeling sad about the retirement but at the same time happy thinking back and about how lucky we've been to have Lidstrom and being able to have watched him since I was a little boy up till now. Thanks for all the great memories, Lids! Please stay in the Red Wings organization!

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Posted 30 May 2012 - 08:56 PM

[quote name='ShanahanMan' timestamp='1338425015' post='2304041']
I have mixed emotions of both sadness and anger.

Sad to see who in my mind is the greatest defenseman in NHL history, someone who I grew up watching, retire.

Angry to see him go out the way he did. Holland brought him back, just to stand pat and not improve the team around whatsoever around him. In exchange, we get just about shut out in the first round. He deserved a better way to go out......

He deserved a better fate.
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Yeah, Stevie did too. He was out in the first round on the road as well. Makes you wonder if Holland is second guessing himself now for not doing more at the deadline.

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Posted 30 May 2012 - 09:06 PM

[quote name='VM1138' timestamp='1338428736' post='2304067']
Shocking to me. The signs all pointed to returning. [b]I wonder if this is him not having faith in the team next season?[/b] It seemed like they could make a run for the Cup if he returned and be competitive, guaranteed.

At any rate, good luck to him when he returns to Sweden and all his future endeavors. The greatest defenseman to play the game.
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That and the fact that he was injured late in the year and didn't look the same afterwards. It's like he wasn't immune to that stuff anymore and knew it.
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