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#21 F.Michael

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Posted 05 March 2014 - 08:37 PM

I'm sorta partial to #19.



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Posted 05 March 2014 - 08:53 PM

When your nickname is Mr. Hockey, and you play for a team for 25 years, it's hard to say anyone was a better player for that franchise.  


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Posted 05 March 2014 - 09:19 PM

Bummer. Mr. and Mrs. I won't be able to attend Nick's ceremony.

 

In a statement, Mike Ilitch said: "While Marian and I would love to be there, we won't be at tomorrow's jersey retirement for Nick Lidstrom. This past year, I had a medical procedure that has kept me out of the spotlight for awhile. I feel much better now, and I'm stronger every day. While we may not attend every event, we never miss a game on TV and are very involved in all our businesses every day from home and the office.

 

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Posted 05 March 2014 - 09:44 PM

No surprise. Mr I looks more and more like walking death every time hes seen in public.



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Posted 05 March 2014 - 10:30 PM

When your nickname is Mr. Hockey, and you play for a team for 25 years, it's hard to say anyone was a better player for that franchise.  

 

Lidstrom is one of a few that could make a case.


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Posted 05 March 2014 - 10:40 PM

I would just assume that the consensus would be that Stevie is generally the most beloved player for those of us that never witnessed Gordie. That being said, I do believe Nick was the most important and valuable player during the Wings run of success.

Those names in the rafters, though. Quite a collection of franchise greats. I hope the Wings never get away from truly reserving the honor for the elite. Nick will fit right in.
 
 
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Posted 06 March 2014 - 01:04 AM


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Posted 06 March 2014 - 06:11 AM

Lidstrom's regular season and playoffs highlights:

 

 

 

Amazing job by awood40! :clap:


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Posted 06 March 2014 - 07:52 AM

I always go one step further: I call Mr. Howe the greatest complete NHL player of all time.


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Posted 06 March 2014 - 08:50 PM

Lidstrom number two to Howe, IMHOz

Edited by TheXym, 06 March 2014 - 08:51 PM.

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Posted 07 March 2014 - 08:55 AM

Comparing players from different eras gets you as far as comparing Jordan to LeBron.  It just doesn't work.  IMO, Jordan > LeBron.  I grew up watching Lidstrom so I'm partial to him.  Was a very impactful night watching one of my favorite players get his jersey raised.


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Posted 07 March 2014 - 11:13 AM

statistics

 

Lidstrom 4 cups

Yzerman 3 cups


no cups after these guys....


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Posted 07 March 2014 - 11:40 AM

because of our ages and time, many don't fully understand just how good guys like Howe, Abel, delvecchio, Lindsey etc..... were. As much as I love The Captain, he isn't even our best all time C. Howe is regarded by just about everyone as the greatest of all time. Even Gretzky considers him so. hell the Soviet Union was always rumored to have patterned their entire hockey program on him.

This is not meant to cast Nick in a bad light or anything. He is either the best or second best Dman of all time. In some ways he gets overlooked. he was so quite and steady. Never hurt, never angry, never dirty play, just went about his business every day and did his job-which was to shut down the other teams top forward line.



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Posted 07 March 2014 - 12:49 PM

He will always be the greatest to me.



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Posted 07 March 2014 - 12:56 PM

Comparison of Lids to Yzerman is probably that Lids was by far the better player, but Yzerman seemed to give more. Playing on one or no knees and probably significantly shortening a career so he could give his all. Nick in a way was the opposite: playing as good as possible for as long as possible, with very little risk in terms of longevity, and even the individual plays on the ice. Nick made the best decisions, Stevie made the right ones. Both are incomparable but I got to watch more of Lids so will always hold him in the highest esteem. But having seen how Gordie is still revered in the locker room shows he's the man to beat.

 

Then again, Lidstrom played in the 2009 finals with a stitched up ball-sac after emergency surgery to quite literally save his testicles.


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Posted 07 March 2014 - 12:58 PM

Comparing players from different eras gets you as far as comparing Jordan to LeBron.  It just doesn't work.  IMO, Jordan > LeBron.  I grew up watching Lidstrom so I'm partial to him.  Was a very impactful night watching one of my favorite players get his jersey raised.

 

IMO it goes even further. Not only shouldn't we compare players from different ages, it's also very hard to compare different positions. Plus, the number of titles you win depends on the teams around you and the strength of the league at that time. Therefore I don't see any reasonable way to compare players from different ages/positions.


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Posted 07 March 2014 - 01:05 PM

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Posted 07 March 2014 - 01:40 PM

I didn't see Howe play, so I cannot comment on him.

 

I suspect those who claim Lidstrom was the better Wing (and that's what this thread is titled--the better Wing not player) didn't see Yzerman carry this team on his back before Lidstrom arrived. Throughout the 80's, the Wings were Steve Yzerman and not much else.

 

Listening to Lidstrom speak last night, it's clear that he believes Steve is the greatest Wing of all time.



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Posted 07 March 2014 - 02:39 PM

1.Howe

2. Yzerman IMO people tend to forget how big of a part of shedding the dead wings label he was, he was the face of the org for a very long time. But I am biased because he is my favorite player of all time!

2B. Lids


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Posted 07 March 2014 - 03:05 PM

1.Howe

2. Yzerman IMO people tend to forget how big of a part of shedding the dead wings label he was, he was the face of the org for a very long time. But I am biased because he is my favorite player of all time!

2B. Lids

^This

 

The way I see it, Nick carried this team on his shoulders for the majority of his career, but Stevie lifted the team out of the depths and restored it to glory. Yzerman always has been and always be my favorite player of all-time, so I am biased in his favor, but as others have said how lucky we are that we get to have the discussion about which of our hockey royalty best represents the greatest franchise in the history of professional sports.


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