Thank you #5
Posted 30 May 2012 - 08:54 PM
Going to shed a tear tomorrow I think.
Mitch Callahan: 48GP, 6G, 3A, 9PTS,+/- -3, 103PIMS
14 Fighting Majors
Posted 30 May 2012 - 09:06 PM
Posted 30 May 2012 - 10:16 PM
Thank you to Lids of course, but this news just ruined my year. He shouldn't have to go out losing in an enemy arena... and I though he was going to beat Orr's Norris total too...
I didnt get to watch Orr play and not to take anything away from his 8 Norris trophies but Lids has won all of his in a 25-30 team league..I don't see how they even compare.
"Hard Work Beats Talent When Talent Refuses to Work Hard"
LGW after 1 loss is irrational, after a few in a row it becomes quite comical, 22 playoff appearances in a row and 4 cups in that time and still going strong. Relaxxxxx !!
Posted 31 May 2012 - 12:19 AM
At the United Center in 1996 with my HS sweetheart during my sophmore year in college, Wings are down by one with 5 seconds left, Nick rips a slapper from the top of the circles; DING goal!
Wings win in OT.
Thanks for the memories Nick, you are forever engrained in my memory.
Posted 31 May 2012 - 12:52 AM
Thankyou for it all.
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Posted 31 May 2012 - 06:34 AM
Thank you so much for everything you did for hockey and especially this organization you have filled in big shoes after Stevie retired but because of professionalism, unmatched hockey IQ, leadership and calm behaviour this transition has been way easier, than everyone would have imagined. Words can't describe how big of an impact your retirement will be for the whole hockey world. It ashames me deep deep and evern deeper into my heart seeing you go out in the first round, one last cup would have been the only acceptable way to see a top 5 (I dont care what others are saying) alltime-great retiring. You will be heavily missed an no Weber or Suter will even come close to replace you.
Thanks for 2 decades of just being what you are...the perfect human see my sig.
Thank you so much perfect human being #5
Welcome to hockeytown Jonas aka Lundquist 2 Gustavsson!
Phase I: injury rattled roster Phase II: BABCOCK Phase III: Playoffs XXIII !
Posted 31 May 2012 - 07:22 AM
Posted 31 May 2012 - 07:35 AM
No words seem to be enough to say thanks for what #5 has done for this organization. Enjoy being up in the rafters next season! In what's likely the toughest arena to get your jersey raised, that's where you belong.
Posted 31 May 2012 - 07:55 AM
The fact that potentially signing a 27 year old top 10 D-man stud in his prime (Suter) will not make up for the loss of an almost 42 year old 20 year veteran speaks volumes to just how good Lidstrom was and still is.
As good as we've known him to be in his career, his legend will grow that much more when we see, over the next few seasons, how much he'll be missed on this team.
Right now I'm feeling like I don't even know if the organization will be able to perform basic daily tasks like flooding the ice at the Joe, or prepping Murphy's hotdogs, or sharpening skates, without Lidstrom around.
Thanks for everything Nick. The Perfect Human. If I could have paid your salary out of my own pocket, I would have.
Enjoy your retirement. Maybe you can sneak some bacon and 2% milk into your breakfast routine now.
Edited by rick zombo, 31 May 2012 - 07:56 AM.
Posted 31 May 2012 - 11:03 AM
Nobody lives forever.
Some things never die.
Like up in the land of ice and snow,
They tell me that a Red Wing always flies.
RIP Ruslan Salei - Brad McCrimmon - Stefan Liv - Lokomotiv Yaroslavl
(Orig. lyrics - Ray Wylie Hubbard, "Airplane Fell Down in Dixie")
Posted 31 May 2012 - 11:12 AM
I don't think I will ever be able to fully appreciate what Nick has given to the Red Wings.
Posted 31 May 2012 - 11:19 AM
"Lemiuex was hammered by Darren McCarty, and he is being helped into the locker room."
Thanks Steve! #19
Thanks Nick! #5
Posted 31 May 2012 - 12:42 PM
I have two very vivid memories of you. First is when you scored that goal from center ice against Vancouver in '02. I looked at my husband and said, "This changes everything. We're going to win it all." I remember where I was, and that memory will always be a strong one.
But the best moment is one that you gave me two years ago at training camp. You walked by where we sat, stopped and took off your gloves to pet our service dog, Loki. You stood there and talked to us, petted Loki, and even let me get a pic of you. It was a simple gesture, I'm sure you didn't think anything of it. But to the two of us, it was indicative of the kind of person you are - classy, kind and wonderful.
Thank you, Nick. You will be missed. Good luck, and good journeys.
Pat and Terry (and Loki too!)
Edited by Kira, 31 May 2012 - 04:35 PM.
Posted 31 May 2012 - 12:53 PM
Lidstrom was a defenseman that just had the intimate knowledge of hockey and a sort of omniscience of where everyone is and what will happen next and counter any moves. He is like Bobby Fischer, he can out-think his opponents, and used minimal amounts of effort to counter, thus his long playing career.
His impact on hockey will be felt long, long after he's left it, and that is probably the best tribute to him than any statue, award, or speech given about him.
Edited by commadore183, 31 May 2012 - 12:54 PM.
Skilled hockey is, and will forever be, winning hockey. Deal with it.
"A perfect vision, some simple ways to let you know
Free range humans all couped up naked clone is playing lame" Avon by Queens of the Stone Age
Posted 31 May 2012 - 01:43 PM
Thank you Nick. Enjoy the rest of your life.
Money on the board: Current total: 0
$1 for a goal by any current Wing after whom I have named a hamster. An additional $5 for a series-clinching goal scored by any current Wing after whom I have named a hamster. $5 if the other team fails to score against a current Wing goalie after whom I have named a hamster.
Hamsters I have had: (current Wings highlighted)
Henrik Pavel Tomas Nicklas Dominik
Niklas Matthew Daniel Robert
Johan Andreas Valtteri Jonathan
Andrew Patrick Ian Todd
Jordin Damien Gustav James
Posted 31 May 2012 - 02:28 PM
I don't know if he's better than Orr but I wouldn't laugh at the discussion. He is as good as I ever expect to see. Enjoy taking your birthdays off Nick, after 21yrs you deserve it.
- Al Swearengen
Posted 31 May 2012 - 04:51 PM
As for Nick, there are no words in any language that can describe how much fans appreciated him. I shed a couple manly tears during the presser today. I'm not sad though, just feeling so honored to have been able to appreciate him as a player and a person while he was still playing and to this day. I never met him even though he lives down the street from my Ex-girlfriend. But I didn't need to meet him. He has done enough for the fans and this city. He has earned the right to do whatever he pleases and if that means moving back to Sweden then so be it. You know as the time passes, he will yearn to watch Red Wings hockey in person and will be back one day even if only for a game or two. Here's to all your future endeavors Nick.
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