Found June 04, 2012 on Kukla's Korner:
After an incredibly busy and emotional week and weekend for Red Wings fans, punctuated by the recently-retired Nicklas Lidstrom being feted by the Red Hot Chili Peppers on Friday night and then taking out a full-page ad in the Detroit Free Press’s Sunday edition, we spent some time talking about the Wings brass’s organizational meetings, the team’s draft strategy, and, mostly, remembering Lidstrom while preparing for life without him. Continue reading "Red Wings overnight report: Nick’s job opportunities, draft/trade targets and audio of me blabbing"

Nicklas Lidstrom makes surprise farewell speech during Red Hot Chili Pepper’s concert

Red Wings’ defenseman Nic Lidstrom announced his retirement from the NHL on Friday. The seven time Norris Trophy winner and arguably the best European born player of all-time, is hanging it up after 20 season with the Wings. The Red Hot Chili Peppers were perfoming at Detroit’s Joe Lewis Arena the same night of Lidstrom’s announcement.  Near the end of the concert, the lead...

RHCP drummer Chad Smith introduces Nicklas motherbleepin’ Lidstrom!

As noted this morning, Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom received quite the feting at last night’s Red Hot Chili Peppers concert, and as RedWingsFeed points out, Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith is something of a Wings fan. If you’re willing to deal with some audio blips and a significant number of f-bombs from Smith,’s Brett Warner found a lovely little cell phone...

Honoring Nicklas Lidstrom

Since Mike Babcock took the reigns as head coach for the Detroit Red Wings in 2005, he has had the privilege of skating out a Hall of Famer in his first defensive pair. For nearly 15 years before Babcock came to Detroit, head coach Scotty Bowman had that same luxury. Now, Babcock and the Red Wings have the unthinkable task of finding a replacement for one of the greatest defensemen...

FSD’s Wakiji: Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom thanks the community in remarkable fashion

Holy crap, per Fox Sports Detroit’s Dana Wakiji: Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom bouth a full-page advertisement in the Sunday Detroit Free Press to thank fans! And I quote: A Message from Nick and Annika Lidstrom: This week, I announced my retirement from the Detroit Red Wings and professional hockey. Annika, our boys and I will be moving back to Sweden to be closer to our...

Red Wings mid-day news: Of course Nicklas Lidstrom was ‘fun to be around!’

As the Free Press’s Helene St. James just wrapped up her web chat and on both the fourth anniversary of the Detroit Red Wings’ 2008 Cup win (5 years between championships, perhaps? Too long by Wings fans’ standards…) and 32nd anniversary of Gordie Howe’s official retirement from hockey, we begin what will probably be a “roving” post updated with afternoon news simply...

The Cherry snub of Nicklas Lidstrom continues

You’ll have to excuse this very partisan Red Wings fan for espousing “sour grapes,” but Hockey Night in Canada’s Don Chery mused upon what has become quite the lop-sided series, broke in a black version of his, “Technicolor flowers you’d see on an acid trip” suit pattern, and spent much of Coach’s Corner comparing Drew Doughty to Bobby Orr… But over the course...

Nicklas Lidstrom Makes a Cameo at Red Hot Chili Peppers Concert (Video)

One day after announcing his retirement, Nicklas Lidstrom surprised a packed Joe Louis Arena crowd at the tail end of Friday's Red Hot Chili Peppers concert Continue reading →

Saturday Faceoff: Top defenseman of all-time

With Nicklas Lidstrom’s retirement this week, a debate instantly sparked over who is the best defenseman of all-time.  If it’s not Lidstrom, some will argue for the likes of Bobby Orr, Ray Bourque, or Larry Robinson.  So, who is the best NHL defenseman of all-time?  Alexander and I debate…Bobby OrrBy Alexander MonaghanNicklas Lidstrom is an icon, a legend, and an all-around...

Nicklas Lidstrom joins the Red Hot Chili Peppers on stage

This past weekend was a big weekend for the Red Wings former captain.  In recent years, I considered Steve Yzerman as the former captain, but now Nicklas Lidstrom joins that company.  He announced his retirement from the NHL after 20 years on Thursday.  On Friday, he stopped by the early innings of the Yankees-Tigers game at Comerica Park.  He ended the night at Joe Louis Arena...

Red Wings overnight report: answers and insights about moves to come aren’t supposed to satisfy us

While Don Cherry’s spent the past three Coach’s Corners completely ignoring Nicklas Lidstrom, and Sports Illustrated of all places countered by positing an absolutely glorious photo gallery commemorating the career of someone SI’s Stu Hackel describes as the “MVP of his era” (it’s pretty hard for me to stop tossing off superlatives here…I’m going to miss it)... Days...

Lack Of Elite Defencemen Today

One thing that is obvious to me when looking at my list of currently active Hall of Famers in the Nicklas Lidstrom retirement post is that there is a lack of currently active Hall of Fame defencemen in the NHL today.  There is only one currently active Hall of Fame level defencemen likely to play in the league next year in Zdeno Chara.  Chris Pronger is also officially still active...

Are more high-profile NHLers set to retire?

After Detroit Red Wings defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom announced his retirement this week, there has been speculation that a number of other high-profile veterans across the league could be doing the same this off-season. Tomas Holmstrom Lidstrom’s countryman and former teammate in Detroit tells Ted Kulfan of The Detroit News that he has contemplated calling it quits, but has not...

Detroit Red Wings Links: Will Tomas Holmstrom Be the Next to Retire?

With Nicklas Lidstrom officially out of the picture and free agency about a month away, all Red Wings eyes now turn to Tomas Holmstrom. Continue reading →

Some welcome relief in the form of…CBA talk from Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall?

In recovering from a sixty-plus hour…Three-day work week…One needs to hear some comforting news as the aches, pains and spring allergies take their toll. I haven’t even had time to truly wrap my head around the fact that Nicklas Lidstrom, my favorite favorite Red Wing, has retired, but, via RedWingsFeed, I’m hearing something that I desperately need to be told right now,...

Oh, Jerry Green..

Every once in a while, the Detroit News’s Jerry Green probably cracks the arthritis out of his knuckles and pens a column about the Detroit sports scene, offering the perspective of someone who really was an “ink-stained wretch” who likely spent his time hunched over typwriters, chain smoking his way toward beating a deadline. I respect the hell out of his, “Old school?...
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