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Trotz to Lidstrom: “Please don’t retire”

Apr 24, 2012, 12:42 PM EDT

Nicklas Lidstrom AP

Red Wings fans might still be sore about seeing their team ousted in the first round by the Nashville Predators, but they might have a reason to love Preds coach Barry Trotz.

During the Red Wings pack up day at Joe Louis Arena, team captain Nicklas Lidstrom met with the media and confirmed a story that was rumored to be true after the game and handshakes ended. When it came time for Lidstrom to shake hands with the Predators coach, Trotz shook hands with Lidstrom and said, “Please don’t retire.”

Lidstrom’s career as one of the best defensemen in NHL history means a lot to many people and seeing a guy put in his time the way he does catches everyone’s eye, especially a coach who’s been trying to find ways to shut him down for years.

Of course, Lidstrom has yet to decide if he’ll return next season or not but you’d have to think with the Winter Classic on its way to Detroit and a first-round playoff exit he’ll have the itch to give it one more go. Barry Trotz just better be careful about what he wishes for. Lidstrom says he’ll likely make that decision before the Wings hit free agency on July 1.

  1. comeonnowguys - Apr 24, 2012 at 12:50 PM

    One! more! year!
    One! more! year!
    One! more! year!
    One! more! year!

  2. govtminion - Apr 24, 2012 at 12:51 PM

    One more!!!

    (No love for the Red Wings, but it’s hard not to respect Lidstrom.)

  3. ballistictrajectory - Apr 24, 2012 at 1:30 PM

    In my home we do not speak the name of this man who challenges the Orr. Nevertheless, he is one of the best of the best.

  4. lsxphotog - Apr 24, 2012 at 1:38 PM

    Class act all the way. If he chooses to retire, he leaves behind one of the most impressive careers of any player. It’s only fitting that he spent every game on one of the best franchises in all of sports as well. That being said….ONE MORE YEAR! haha

  5. mianfr - Apr 24, 2012 at 1:43 PM

    That’s a clipped quote; the full text was:

    “Please don’t retire. We really don’t want to see Ryan Suter playing in your place.”

  6. michiganhockey11 - Apr 24, 2012 at 1:48 PM

    I don’t want to see him go, but if he stays, he needs to take a Steve Yzerman discount to help get more cap room to bring in Parise and maybe Suter.

    Best defenseman in the modern era. Lidstrom and Leetch would be my 1 and 2

    • crmgoodness - Apr 24, 2012 at 2:18 PM

      I’m not sure what the modern era is (I’m assuming it’s Post-Orr), but I’ll respectfully disagree and give my 1 and 2 as Bourque and Lidstrom. Bourque could dominate a game like no other.

      • michiganhockey11 - Apr 24, 2012 at 2:25 PM

        Yeah, I meant post-Orr with that. Yeah, I almost took Bourque over Leetch, but it was tough. Bourque would definitely be in my top 3.

      • govtminion - Apr 24, 2012 at 3:01 PM

        I’d have to go Bourque, Lidstrom, Leetch there, but it’s close on all three. Honorable mentions to Rob Blake, Zdeno Chara, and Shea Weber… and I’ll throw in Adam Foote because I spent my teenage years watching the Avalanche and he was awesome. 😉

      • biasedhomer - Apr 24, 2012 at 3:20 PM

        No love for Pronger?

      • comeonnowguys - Apr 24, 2012 at 3:50 PM

        Pronger’s mom doesn’t even love him :)

  7. DED - Apr 24, 2012 at 2:27 PM

    Nice to see Trotz showing respect to a rival. =)

  8. takingbovadasmoney - Apr 24, 2012 at 4:17 PM

    Yeah, Lidstrom stays and they can’t afford Suter. Lidstrom retires and the RedWings have over 20 million in cap space. Of course Trots wants him to come back….

  9. killerpgh - Apr 24, 2012 at 4:19 PM

    With Weber (rfa) and Suter(ufa) this offseason I wonder why he is hoping he doesn’t retire….

  10. beepa11 - Apr 24, 2012 at 4:21 PM

    Troz just wants Lids around so the defense will slow down for the Wings.

  11. hky15 - Apr 24, 2012 at 10:23 PM

    Barry Trotz is top class coach and person!

  12. jkaflagg - Apr 25, 2012 at 12:09 AM

    Agree….same with Teemu Selanne. There simply are not any other players in hockey today that play the game the way they do.

  13. predsboy18 - Apr 25, 2012 at 12:00 PM

    Having been at that game, it was somewhat bittersweet. You had in the back of your mind that this could be it, but at the same time, you really didn’t want it to be. He has been perhaps the best, and classiest players over his entire career, and even though I’m not a Wings fan, I have nothing but the greatest respect for him, and hope that he makes the right decision for him.

    Selfishly, it would be nice to say I was at his last game, but in my heart, I want him to go at it for another year, because he’s still got it, and has a lot to teach the younger Wings.

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