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(The D)   Today, the greatest defenseman of our era and arguably of all time has retired. Raise the glasses and lets have a moment of silence for one of the greatest Red Wings to lace up a pair of skates   (foxsportsdetroit.com ) divider line
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2012-05-31 12:38:25 PM  
defensement

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2012-05-31 12:40:14 PM  
Goodbye, sir, and thank you for the memories and for proving Don Cherry wrong about European players.

www.sweden.se
 
2012-05-31 12:41:45 PM  
Seriously, it was so much fun watching him grow and mature as a player and take over for Stevie Y when he retired. Detroit was very fortunate to have him and Stevie as captains for the past couple decades.
 
2012-05-31 12:49:50 PM  
He was a pleasure to watch.

*taps stick on ice*
 
2012-05-31 12:50:40 PM  
I hate him, because my brother and I played a ton of NHL Hits (probably Hitz) on the Gamecube, and I got sick of hearing "Yzerman to Lidstrom... with THE ONE-TIMER!"

/don't really hate him
/hawks fan
 
2012-05-31 12:53:07 PM  

forstmeister: Seriously, it was so much fun watching him grow and mature as a player and take over for Stevie Y when he retired. Detroit was very fortunate to have him and Stevie as captains for the past couple decades.


Yep, and now Holmstrom is the last of that era. Also kind of strange to think that all three played in Detroit for their entire careers (so far with Holmstrom).
 
2012-05-31 12:55:49 PM  
sad sad day for me, love the perfect human
 
2012-05-31 12:57:27 PM  
Watched him play in Boston live a couple years ago. He never seemed to be exerting himself. Mostly because he didn't have to.

He was playing chess while everyone else was playing checkers, that's for sure.
 
2012-05-31 12:59:51 PM  
One of the best. A true gentleman of the game.
 
2012-05-31 01:00:41 PM  
As a Blackhawks fan, I had to hate him.

But I do respect his talent and the career he had. He was definitely one of the best.
 
2012-05-31 01:03:30 PM  
Time to glass up the autographed jersey alongside yzerman's.
It was the right move, he has nothing more to prove to anyone, and this opens up salary cap for someone like and space for Brendan smith.

He'll be a European scout for the wings most likely, so will be around the franchise for a long time yet.
 
2012-05-31 01:09:40 PM  

Tellingthem: forstmeister: Seriously, it was so much fun watching him grow and mature as a player and take over for Stevie Y when he retired. Detroit was very fortunate to have him and Stevie as captains for the past couple decades.

Yep, and now Holmstrom is the last of that era. Also kind of strange to think that all three played in Detroit for their entire careers (so far with Holmstrom).


I've been hearing Homer's retirement will come next week.
 
2012-05-31 01:10:39 PM  
www.worldofstock.com

Raising the glasses
 
2012-05-31 01:14:48 PM  
There are few players where you can just start making their Hall of Fame display right after they retire because you know they'll be there. Nik Lidstrom is one of those gifted few. Congrats on a great career to him.
 
2012-05-31 01:15:47 PM  

Rev.K: One of the best. A true gentleman gentlement of the game.



FTFsubby
 
2012-05-31 01:15:54 PM  
I believe, though there is a Kotaku article coming up later today about this, that Lidstrom is the last player left who appeared in EA Sports' NHL '94, the most famous hockey video game of all-time.
 
2012-05-31 01:16:57 PM  

Dog Welder: As a Blackhawks fan, I had to hate him.

But I do respect his talent and the career he had. He was definitely one of the best.


All of this. He probably was not as good as Orr, but I'd be willing to hear the argument without laughing.
 
2012-05-31 01:20:05 PM  
Greatest European born player to ever play in the NHL?
 
2012-05-31 01:21:10 PM  

Jubeebee: Dog Welder: As a Blackhawks fan, I had to hate him.

But I do respect his talent and the career he had. He was definitely one of the best.

All of this. He probably was not as good as Orr, but I'd be willing to hear the argument without laughing.


I love me some Nick Lidstrom but the only argument for him over Orr is that he played in an era with more teams, a wider collection of players, and in a league with just more pure athleticism than the one Orr played in. Oh, and the longer career.
 
2012-05-31 01:23:46 PM  

Does Not Matter: Greatest European born player to ever play in the NHL?


Jagr? Hasek? Either way, Lidstrom's in the discussion.
 
2012-05-31 01:29:57 PM  

desertgeek: There are few players where you can just start making their Hall of Fame display right after they retire because you know they'll be there. Nik Lidstrom is one of those gifted few. Congrats on a great career to him.


The only thing Lidstrom didn't get was a Lady Byng. Four Cups, a gold medal, a Conn Smythe, all of the Norris Trophies...

Lidstrom was a class act. He played smart. He played clean. He was never a distraction off the ice, outside of the "is he coming back" questions. I'm going to miss him, but I don't feel bad about him going out now.
 
2012-05-31 01:31:40 PM  
From a Canucks fan, I have to say that it's a sad day to see Lidstrom step aside. Great player, amazing to watch over all of these years. Wish we could find someone with that kind of skill and class.
 
2012-05-31 01:31:45 PM  

Jubeebee: All of this. He probably was not as good as Orr, but I'd be willing to hear the argument without laughing.


Orr changed everything, so he'll always get the edge because he was the groundbreaking defenseman. Just like there might be ballplayers technically 'better' than Babe Ruth, Ruth will always get the nod as best-ever because he changed baseball and helped create the modern game.
 
2012-05-31 01:31:46 PM  
Glad to see him go out with the grace and class he deserved. Going to be strange not seeing him wearing the Winged Wheel next year.
 
2012-05-31 01:32:44 PM  

meanmutton: Does Not Matter: Greatest European born player to ever play in the NHL?

Jagr? Hasek? Either way, Lidstrom's in the discussion.


I'll throw Jari Kurri in there too.
 
2012-05-31 01:32:56 PM  

Jubeebee: He probably was not as good as Orr, but I'd be willing to hear the argument without laughing.


Obivously Orr was by far the superior scorer and rightfully considered the best offensive defenseman of all time.

The things going for Lidstrom: 1) 516 PIM. That's just ridiculous. 2) Longevity. Only missed about 60 games his entire career. Won 7 Norris Trophies AFTER the age of 30. Orr broke down by 30. 3) Still a great scorer by defenseman's standards.

I never saw Orr play. But it's hard to imagine a defenseman making the game look easier than Lidstrom did.
 
2012-05-31 01:33:49 PM  

meanmutton: Jubeebee: Dog Welder: As a Blackhawks fan, I had to hate him.

But I do respect his talent and the career he had. He was definitely one of the best.

All of this. He probably was not as good as Orr, but I'd be willing to hear the argument without laughing.

I love me some Nick Lidstrom but the only argument for him over Orr is that he played in an era with more teams, a wider collection of players, and in a league with just more pure athleticism than the one Orr played in. Oh, and the longer career.


Orr completely re-defined the game. Lidstrom was spectacular at the game. Different accolades, really. Impossible to compare.
 
2012-05-31 01:37:15 PM  
Watching the video now. Wish people would stop cutting onions around my desk.
 
2012-05-31 01:40:27 PM  

meddleRPI: meanmutton: Jubeebee: Dog Welder: As a Blackhawks fan, I had to hate him.

But I do respect his talent and the career he had. He was definitely one of the best.

All of this. He probably was not as good as Orr, but I'd be willing to hear the argument without laughing.

I love me some Nick Lidstrom but the only argument for him over Orr is that he played in an era with more teams, a wider collection of players, and in a league with just more pure athleticism than the one Orr played in. Oh, and the longer career.

Orr completely re-defined the game. Lidstrom was spectacular at the game. Different accolades, really. Impossible to compare.


Yeah. The way they put it on Fox Sports Detroit was that Lidstrom didn't necessarily change the game, but he did master it.
 
2012-05-31 01:42:31 PM  

meanmutton: I love me some Nick Lidstrom but the only argument for him over Orr is that he played in an era with more teams, a wider collection of players, and in a league with just more pure athleticism than the one Orr played in. Oh, and the longer career.


I'm a believer that you have to judge players against their peers. It's not Orr's fault that he played before the league opened to Europeans.

Still, longevity and durability count for something. Quite a bit, actually. It's why Brett Hull was better than Cam Neely and Gretzky was better than Lemeuix.

Lidstrom playing at the level he did for as long as he did puts him in the discussion with Orr. Lidstrom's 7 Norris trophies in 10 years isn't quite Orr's 8 in a row, but Lidstrom had a decade of All-star play before that.

Like I said, he probably wasn't as good as Orr, but he's definitely up there.
 
2012-05-31 01:59:37 PM  
As a Canucks fan, I'm glad he was the one who scored from centre to screw up Dan Cloutier's career.

I hope Edler can develop into 1/10th of the player Lidstrom was.

Lidstrom is a class act and first ballot Hall of Famer who will be sorely missed.
 
2012-05-31 02:03:31 PM  
Bye funny man.
 
2012-05-31 02:05:53 PM  

SultanofSchwing: defensement

[i.imgur.com image 640x406]


YAY! My first green...

...

Oh wow. I'm farking stupid. Going back to my corner now.
 
2012-05-31 02:37:51 PM  
Raise a glass? Ok. Moment of silence? He isn't dead, you guys.
 
2012-05-31 02:39:29 PM  
Bummed to see such a great player and valuable Red Wings asset hang up his jersey. I knew this had to come sooner or later, and the time seems right. He'll be missed, and remembered for what he contributed both on and off the ice.
 
2012-05-31 02:41:10 PM  

The_Pirate: SultanofSchwing: defensement

[i.imgur.com image 640x406]

YAY! My first green...

...

Oh wow. I'm farking stupid. Going back to my corner now.


I live in Ho-town, too. Small world.
 
2012-05-31 02:47:05 PM  
Today, the greatest defensement of our era and arguably of all time has retired.

No. And no one even tries to argue that.

You could maybe argue him as 2nd best all time. I'd disagree, but I at least wouldn't be offended by the suggestion.
 
2012-05-31 02:56:41 PM  
As a Stars fan, I offer the best compliment I can pay a rival player..... I hate that guy!
 
2012-05-31 02:59:44 PM  
As avs fan, fark the redwings. But Lidstrom was one of two players I respect from that team. Sad to see him go.
 
2012-05-31 03:03:56 PM  
Dear Mr. Lidstrom,

Got to hell you magnificent bastard. I hope you enjoy every minute of your retirements as much as I hated every minute of your playing career. You set the standard for making your team far better than it should have been, by being far classier than you had to be, you farking ass. You are the most amazing defenseman I ever had the miserable experience of watching play.

Bugger off,

Avs fan
 
2012-05-31 03:08:43 PM  
The ten best Lidstrom playoff moments:

10. The pass that set up Datsyuk and Helm's shots, '11 first round
09. The goal shot out of the air, '11 semis
08. The final shot on Fleury, '09
07. Initiating the Statue of Liberty moment, '02 Conference finals
06. OT winner, '95 conference finals
05. Scoring the first goal in the Cup-clincher, '97 Finals
04. The mid ice bouncer on Ellis, '08 first round
03. The save on Lacroix, '97 Conference finals
02. The save on Grier, '07 semis
01. The shot, '02 first round
 
2012-05-31 03:28:20 PM  

bubbaprog: I believe, though there is a Kotaku article coming up later today about this, that Lidstrom is the last player left who appeared in EA Sports' NHL '94, the most famous hockey video game of all-time.


Selanne and Jagr would have been in NHL 94 too. Although it's not entirely clear if either of them will be back next season either....
 
2012-05-31 03:28:41 PM  

Bruxellensis: The_Pirate: SultanofSchwing: defensement

[i.imgur.com image 640x406]

YAY! My first green...

...

Oh wow. I'm farking stupid. Going back to my corner now.

I live in Ho-town, too. Small world.


I don't live there anymore, unfortunately it's just wishful thinking on my part. I went to Tech for 5 years, trying to find my way back up there now.
 
2012-05-31 03:32:24 PM  
Are Avs fans still in "rivalry mode" with Detroit?
 
2012-05-31 03:33:02 PM  
Truly one of the best defensement ever. Top five going as far back as you want, no question whatsoever.

First-year HHoF induction, guaranteed.

Not a Wings fan, but loved watching Detroit games just to watch him play.
 
2012-05-31 03:33:56 PM  

The_Pirate: Bruxellensis: The_Pirate: SultanofSchwing: defensement

[i.imgur.com image 640x406]

YAY! My first green...

...

Oh wow. I'm farking stupid. Going back to my corner now.

I live in Ho-town, too. Small world.

I don't live there anymore, unfortunately it's just wishful thinking on my part. I went to Tech for 5 years, trying to find my way back up there now.


'07 alum here. lucky enough to find a full time engineering position in town.
 
2012-05-31 03:37:22 PM  

Bruxellensis: Are Avs fans still in "rivalry mode" with Detroit?


Considering how that team's fared since the lockout, I don't blame them for holding on to whatever they had.
 
2012-05-31 03:49:17 PM  
One helluva player and, while I'm not the #1 fan of the laundry, he represented it well.
 
2012-05-31 03:49:26 PM  
I have been a fortunate Wings fan to watch Lidstrom for the past 20 years. He will be greatly missed, and wish him luck and happiness for whatever comes in this next stage of life. He is and always will be the perfect human. Congrats Nick on a wonderful career!

I can't wait to see #5 in the rafters of the Joe.
 
2012-05-31 03:51:03 PM  
Sad day for us Wings fans. Had the pleasure of meeting the man once, before a game, and he was nothing but humble, gracious, and he smelled great. The boyfriend was slightly jealous. Of me, not him. I'm still beyond pissed off that we sent him out the way Steve left, after an embarrassing first round loss, and if Zetterberg is our next captain (which all signs point to), we better not do the same to him too. Three times in a row would be too much.
 
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