By: Bill McAllister
On Friday’s Stoney and Bill show former (can you believe it?) Detroit Red Wing Nicklas Lidstrom called in to say goodbye. Captain Nick retired on Thursday after 20 years with the only NHL team he has ever known. Four Stanley Cups and seven Norris Trophys later, he is considered by many to be the best defenseman of the last 40 years. Some (Stoney) feel that Bobby Orr was the best ever. He changed the position for sure but I contend if it weren’t for one famous photo, the hype wouldn’t have been quite so much.
We spoke to Nick about his years with the Winged Wheelers and asked what his most disappointing moment was and he responded with the Stanley Cup loss in 2009. We agree. Nick also said he wouldn’t rule out a paddle boarding excursion back in Sweden with Chris Chelios and Kid Rock. As you may remember, the three of them paddled to Belle Isle to make a Kid Rock Comerica Park concert announcement.
It’s hard to believe it’s been 20 years. So many questions about this new era of the Detroit Red Wings. Who will be the captain? Will the Wings continue their consecutive playoff run? Will there ever be another Nick Lidstrom?…Wait, I can answer that one. Probably not.