This morning, Mitch Albom delivers a column that reads like he actually cares about sports again, and he does so for a reason: Albom spoke to Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom for almost two hours in what he’s calling an “exit interview” before Lidstrom heads back to Sweden, and among the many highlights, this stands out:
Question: When Yzerman retired, was there any part of you that didn’t want to be the captain? That didn’t want the pressure of that C?
Nicklas Lidstrom: Not really. No, I was hoping they were gonna ask me. I wanted the challenge. You can play all the minutes. You can play against the top players. But when you’re a captain, you’re looked upon as being something off the ice, too.
Question: Did you let them know that you wanted it?
Lidstrom: No. I never did. Kenny (Holland) kind of hinted at it, so I was hoping they were gonna ask me.
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