a terrible blight on our fine country
Nicklas Lidstrom, who won seven Norris Trophies and four Stanley Cups as a cornerstone of the Red Wings, is a virtual lock in his first year of eligibility.
The Red Wings' blue liner was a Calder Trophy-finalist in his rookie season, and went on to score 264 goals and added 878 assists for 1,142 points in his career.
Only five defensemen recorded more: Ray Bourque, Paul Coffey, Al MacInnis, Phil Housley and Larry Murphy. All but Housley are already in the Hall, and the American blue-line leader should receive strong consideration again.
Other candidates with a good chance include Lidstrom's ex-teammate Sergei Fedorov and nemesis Chris Pronger.
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Just saw that Petr Mrazek is going to start game one on Thursday. Personally I'm thrilled. Thoughts?
7:30 on FSD, still no Datsyuk. Should be a win for the Wings, if Arizona keeps tanking.
I'm drinking Oberon (missed it yesterday) and maybe a Guinness later.
His daughter was born in the car on the way to the hospital. Apparently the mother did it her own. No assist from Helm.
Red Wings get Erik Cole from Dallas for 2 prospects: Mattias Backman (22, playing in Sweden), Mattias Janmark (also 22, also playing in Sweden) and a second round pick for Cole and a third-rounder. Dallas gets their pick back if Cole plays a lot and Detroit makes it to the second round of the playoffs.
I think it's a great trade. They give up two guys who aren't even in Grand Rapids and a pick to get a power forward (even if he is a rental).
EDIT: Looks like if Detroit makes it to the conference finals Dallas gets the draft pick back, not the second round.