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Nick Lidstrom thanks Wings fans with full-page newspaper ad


When a player retires after playing their entire career in one city, they’ve often got a lot to be thankful for. Nicklas Lidstrom is no different and he decided to take out a full-page ad in the Detroit Free Press to express his gratitude.

The message he shared for the fans was pretty simple.


Somewhere there are Bruins fans wishing Tim Thomas had the same savvy Nicklas Lidstrom has when it comes to saying good-bye.


Bettman releases statement on Lidstrom’s retirement

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The Detroit Red Wings will miss Nicklas Lidstrom the most now that he decided to hang up his skates, but the NHL at a whole loses one of its biggest stars. Commissioner Gary Bettman released the following statement about Lidstrom’s departure.

“Nick Lidstrom’s trademarks were his respect for hockey, his humanity and his commitment to his craft — as well as his devotion to the highest standards of success,” Bettman said. “For so many seasons, Nick gave the very best to his team, his city and his League; as he moves on to the next stage of his life, we wish the very same for him and his family.”

Bettman didn’t add “All that aside, pretty please come back?” but some of us wish he did.

With Lidstrom gone, Zetterberg likely to be Detroit’s next captain

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Few job titles change with less frequency than captain of the Detroit Red Wings.

In the last 26 years, only two players have worn the “C” above the Winged Wheel — Steve Yzerman and the recently-retired Nicklas Lidstrom. As such, there’s great curiosity on who’ll become just the third Detroit captain since 1986.

Well, there’s curiosity and a pretty popular choice: Henrik Zetterberg.

Zetterberg — along with Niklas Kronwall and Valtteri Filppula — were three of the guys pegged by Lidstrom when asked about who would replace him as captain during his retirement presser.

That proclamation was followed by a number of folks on Twitter saying “Zata” is the man:

Bob Wojnowski, Detroit News: “Nick Lidstrom retires, and it’s pretty obviously who the Wings’ next captain will be…Henrik Zetterberg. He’s absolutely ready for it.”

Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press: “Bank on Henrik Zetterberg being named the next captain of the Detroit Red Wings.”

Dan Fenner, Oakland Press: “Lidstrom cites Zetterberg’s leadership first among his teammates. there’s your next captain, folks. As if there was any doubt.”

Dave Stubbs, Montreal Gazette: “Zetterberg is a big talent but he’ll need HUGE feet to fill Lidstrom’s skates if he’s named Red Wings captain as expected.”

Tom Leyden, WXYZ Detroit: “Babcock said next captain is no brainier. Cleary said Zetterberg will be fantastic captain. You connect the dots.”

Zetterberg is currently one of three Wings — along with Kronwall and Pavel Datsyuk — serving as alternate captains. If he ascends to the full captaincy, he’ll become one of just three Swedish captains in the NHL, along with Ottawa’s Daniel Alfredsson (who is mulling retirement himself) and Vancouver’s Henrik Sedin.