Found June 02, 2012 on Kukla's Korner:
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 clip taken by Dominic the Al Katib of Nicklas Mother****ing Lidstrom being introduced by Smith and speaking to the crowd at the Joe: Continue reading "RHCP drummer Chad Smith introduces Nicklas motherbleepin’ Lidstrom!"

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...

Nicklas Lidstrom’s retirement speech, in full, from’s Bill Roose

After summarizing the local takes on Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom’s retirement, many videos included, I was kinda staggered to find this from’s Bill Roose, and I’m thrilled in a way that this post literally could not fit in because I ran out of room: Here is Lidstrom’s entire statement to the press, per’s Roose: “I’d...

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...

Nick Lidstrom Announces Retirement From NHL

At 42 years old, Detroit Red Wings defenseman and captain Nicklas Lidstrom has announced his retirement from the NHL. Lidstrom is often referred to as the best defenseman of his generation. He played all 20 seasons with the Detroit Red Wings and earned himself 11 All-Star appearances, 7 Norris Trophies, 4 Stanley Cups (’97, ’98, ’02, ’08), and a Conn Smythe Trophy as MVP...

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 →

We won’t see the likes of Lidstrom for quite some time

The feeling was akin to seeing you favorite team overachieve throughout the playoffs and then the hopes are dashed in overtime. There is shock. There is disbelief. There is an overwhelming sense of sadness. But then the first pair of hands begin to clap, and slowly, but surely, the scattered slaps are joined by more and more, building into a crescendo that roars like a freight...

Detroit Red Wings Have Options for Filling Void Left by Nicklas Lidstrom

It feels almost sacrilegious to think about what the Detroit Red Wings should do with the money vacated by the retirement of their captain Nicklas Lidstrom with his announcement only moments old, but hockey is still a business so lets … Continue reading →

What Lidstrom's leaving behind

Thursday, May 31, 2012: the day Detroit Red Wings fans have been dreading for years. Nicklas Lidstrom has finally hung up his skates.What can be said about this legendary defenseman that hasn't already been said? How about the legacy he leaves behind?Many fans may have guessed it toward the end of this past season. Lidstrom fell to a lengthy injury -- a deep ankle bruise --...

Red Wings overnight report: Nick’s job opportunities, draft/trade targets and audio of me blabbing

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...

Nice guys don’t finish first on a regular basis. Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom did just that

One more: Fox Sports Detroit’s Dana Wakiji launches into a lovely column about Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom’s genuine humility and all-out-niceness, which perhaps proves that, occasionally, nice guys do finish first, with the following… Having covered sports for almost 17 years in Detroit, I have had the privilege of meeting and interviewing some of the top athletes...

Detroit Red Wings star Nicklas Lidstrom retires after 20 seasons

Star defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom retired today after 20 seasons with the Detroit Red Wings, ending one of the best blue-liner careers in hockey history. The four-time Stanley Cup champion and seven-time Norris Trophy winner as the league’s best defenseman made a very emotional announcement as he said goodbye to the NHL. From the AP: “My drive and motivation are not where to...

Put your tears away for Nicklas Lidstrom

Apparently, it’s sad that Nicklas Lidstrom is retiring. Sorry if you don’t see me balling my eyes out. Lidstrom will go down as one of the greatest defenseman to ever play the game and rightfully so. He played 20 seasons , won 7 Norris Trophies, 4 Stanley Cups, 1 Conn Smythe and, for whatever it’s worth, has been voted to 12 all-star games. You don’t get named by The Sporting...

Oh yeah, by the way, Nicklas Lidstrom played the last ‘legs’ of his career on a broken ankle

I heard Ken Holland mention this in passing during several interviews I’m cobbling together at present, and, thankfully, MLive’s Ansar Khan is confirming it: Ken Holland, incidentally, confirmed today that Lidstrom had a hairline fracture in his ankle, not just a deep bone bruise. (cont.) ... But the injury had no bearing on Lidstrom’s decision. The ankle would have been fine...

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...

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,...
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