Via RedWingsFeed, former Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom's in Gothenburg, Sweden today to take part in a photo shoot for a clothing line (seriously), and Goteborgs-Tidingen's Johan Skold asked Lidstrom about the role of a "retstickor"--literally translated, a "teaser," or what we might call "instigators" or "shift disturbers"--in winning playoff hockey. Here's a rough translation of what Lidstrom had to say about the topic:
"I think that, especially in playoff games, it's important to have a 'teaser,'" he says when GT/Expressen meets him in Gothenburg during a photo shoot for the clothing brand Bjornklader.
"If you can annoy the opponent or build up your team's confidence by doing certain things on the ice--there's a certain kind of player who can shift the series in a way that favors their own team," he explains.
He mentions that a player like Sean Avery was difficult to deal with but all the better to have on his team. Another is, of course, Tomas Holmstrom.