Wilson has seen plenty of Lidstrom. He saw him while coaching the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim from 1993-1996. He saw him as his Capitals were swept by Lidstrom and the gang in 1997. And he most certainly saw a lot of Lidas as coach of the San Jose Sharks from 2002-2008.
So he made that little comment in jest...is there any better compliment to be made by your opponents?
"Even at his age, to be able to put points up on the board ... just his shooting from the point. He rarely gets his shots blocked. The little, subtle things he has in his game are great teaching tools for younger players to use him as a model." --Ron Wilson
Make the jump for more plus some WC 2013 talk.
"The Monster" Jonas Gustavsson must have seen Chris's post which showed a topless Lidstrom...
"You can tell he’s in really good shape. When you look at him, you’re not surprised. Of course he’s getting older, but the way he takes care of his body, he could play for a few more years." --Jonas Gustavsson
Ron Wilson is also down for the Detroit Winter Classic in 2013...especially if Toronto is picked as their opponent. Many beleive (myself included) that it's time to ditch the "US Market vs US Market" platform that the Winter Classic has followed and go for something really special...like the old Norris Division rivalry that burned for many a year.
"We talked about our team, his team a little bit and the potential of an outdoor match next year, which would be really cool." --Ron Wilson
For the first time, I agree with everything that Ron Wilson had to say in this post.
I agree with the idea it's time to ditch the "US Market vs US Market" Winterclassic and get at least a few Canadian teams involved. I found the USA lovefest last week to be a little over the top at times.
I'd love to have a Toronto/Detroit game at the big house.
Though I think it'd be great for the sport to have a Jackets/Wings game at the 'Shoe.
I would prefer an Islanders / Hurricanes WC played at Citi Field @moorecha
@moorecha I think Toronto vs Detroit at the Big House makes the most sense. You can talk about the rivalry from the past, Canadians will actually have a reason to care about the game, Toronto isn't too far from Ann Arbor, so the Canadian turn out would be good at the game, and they can potentially set the world record for most people at a hockey game.