The story last night was Franzen's hattie and his ability to feed us all curly fries, but I think the bigger underlying story deals with our 41 year old cyborg captain.
Lidstrom is playing better than I can remember in recent history. He's currently leading the entire league in goals for defensemen and is on pace for a 32 goal season, while playing a casual 24 minutes per game doing this. At age 41. Jesus. Jump it for more on TPH.
He looks quicker than he did during last year’s Norris Trophy season. He looks smarter than anyone else on the ice. During the Great Goal Famine of 2011, Lidstrom seemed to be the only one unaffected by the slump. His passes were still crisp and he lead this team back to the promise land, finally breaking through scoring 2 goals against Anaheim.
There’s been a decent amount said about Lidstrom’s leadership. He’s not as vocal as Yzerman was, and thus, doesn’t always appear to be the same quality of leader. To that, I say bullshit. Lidstrom leads, but through confidence, swagger, and his calming presence on the blue. He’s unequivocally the best Captain in the league today, bar none.
Lidstrom should retire when he starts slowing down. Luckily for us, he’s going the opposite direction. He’s getting better by the day. And that should scare the rest of the league…because, seriously, how much better can you get?
Couldnt agree more, he was one of the reason´s why i started following the Wings back in 93 and i still can´t get enough but then again, who would want to?
I wouldn´t mind if he played a few more years, i sure don´t miss him here back in Sweden! LGRW
I remember when Stevie Y first stepped down and wondered how Lidstrom would ever fill his shoes, but he's surely proved he's more than capable. The fact that he's only getting better makes me think he could be on this team for at least another year or two.
I don't understand why he is called the Perfect Human. He is nowhere near that, he is so far above it he should be revered as a Hockey God.
I couldn't agree more. Nick Lidstrom started his career at the age of 45 with Benjamin Button Syndrome! I was amazed with his play last year. He's playing even better this year. Every time I expect him to taper off, he comes back to impress even more! To retire when he's playing the best hockey of his career, would be a great disservice to the hockey world (at least the Detroit hockey world)! Long Live Lidstrom!!!