Report: Nicklas Lidstrom To Retire

The Detroit Red Wings will host a press conference on Thursday, at which one of the greatest defenseman to ever play the game will reportedly retire.

Nicklas Lidstrom will hang up his skates after 1,564 regular season games with the Detroit Red Wings. He was as classy as any player to ever play, and represented the game as well as anyone. The game is losing one of the greats.

Lidstrom earned the respect of fans all over the NHL, especially in Chicago. As a Blackhawks fan, I salute him on an incredible career.

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9 Responses to Report: Nicklas Lidstrom To Retire

  1. William says:

    In light of this is it likely that Detroit will throw whatever it takes at Ryan Suter? As a tangent, is it absurd to picture Zach Parise and/or Jordan Staal in the Indian Head next year, and perhaps Kane in Pittsburgh if the latter should become a hawk?

  2. William says:

    And what do people think about a Kane for Staal swap?

  3. Will says:

    The fact that he played for the Wings (his entire career!!) has always made it hard for me to 100% respect Nikky, but all biases aside, holy sh!t that guy is out of this world. And definately an all around good person. He should be the model for defensemen for years to come.

  4. Will says:

    I’d take Staal for sure, but no way would I give up Kane for him.

  5. Tab Bamford says:

    Kane for Jordan? No.
    Kane for Marc? No.
    Kane for Eric? I might think about it in the right package.

  6. William says:

    What of Parise?

  7. Boogknight2002 says:

    Great post, Tab. He defined class and despite being a Red Wing, was admirable every game, every day on and off the ice.

  8. DC says:

    Watching video of Lidstrom should be required of all rookies in the NHL. After Bobby Orr, it is hard to think of another defenseman who was better than him, or even in his class. He was and is a true class act who the Wings cannot replace with six Ryan Suters.

  9. Phil says:

    A consistently great player through his long career. While he has played against the Hawks for years in Detroit making it aggravating for us, how could one not admire what he brought to the game? Yes, a complete class act that will not be easily replaced. Good for the Blackhawks as he will be off the point for the Wings on the power play where he did so much damage to us over the years.

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