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Holland says Wings won’t retire Lidstrom’s number this season: “We want to do it right”

Jan 10, 2013, 11:14 AM EDT

Nicklas Lidstrom AP

Detroit fans will have to wait a little longer before No. 5 goes to the rafters.

That’s what Red Wings GM Ken Holland said on Wednesday, telling the Detroit Free Press that Nicklas Lidstrom’s number won’t be retired this season, largely because of the condensed 48-game schedule.

“We want to have a night for Nick like we did for Steve Yzerman,” Holland said. “To try to put everything together in six weeks — we’re trying to get the business back up and running.

“It’s a big deal to retire Nick’s number. We want to do it right.”

Lidstrom’s list of accomplishments and accolades is so long and well known — yeah, not even going to bother listing them here. It’s actually more telling that Detroit is waiting to plan something Yzerman-esque.

When the Wings retired No. 19 in 2007, it was a gala affair. The ceremony lasted one-and-a-half hours — the Yzerman family received a trip to Austria and a Chevrolet Tahoe and both the Michigan Governor and Detroit Mayor anointed separate “Steve Yzerman Days.”

Yzerman was also given a key to the city and saw the intersection outside of Joe Louis Arena re-named “Yzerman Drive.”

When Lidstrom’s No. 5 goes go to the rafters, it’ll be joining some pretty elite company. The Red Wings have only retired seven jerseys in franchise history: Gordie Howe’s No. 9, Ted Lindsay’s No. 7, Terry Sawchuck’s No. 1, Alex Delvecchio’s No. 10, Sid Abel’s No. 12 and Yzerman’s No. 19.

Related: PHT’s Pressing Questions: How will Detroit adjust to life without Lidstrom?

  1. ravenscaps48 - Jan 10, 2013 at 11:32 AM

    If you want to do it this season, do it for the Wings first playoff game. If you want to wait, do it on opening night next season. Nicky Lidstrom is the definition of professional, and I think one of those two scenarios would suit him perfectly. Enjoy retirement, Nick. You truly deserve it!

  2. Jaja.. - Jan 10, 2013 at 11:45 AM

    Why would they retire his jersey ?

    Who’s this guy was he at the front-office last year LOL

    Nice to see him retire after still a good season. Most players keep playing and playing and don’t get any better but just believe if i can skate i can still make the team.
    Lidstrom is a class player who will be remembered by his quality, no need for maybe a below Lidtsrom-average last season. He’s no Chris Chelios that kept skating till nobody wanted him anymore.

    • blues1988 - Jan 10, 2013 at 12:16 PM

      english please?

    • misterchainbluelightning - Jan 10, 2013 at 2:52 PM

      More editing and less stupidity please

  3. redwingsfan999 - Jan 10, 2013 at 1:00 PM

    At least there gonna do it right

  4. scionofflame - Jan 10, 2013 at 3:26 PM

    Good! Nick deserves to be sent off right, and I’m glad the Wings are rushing to do it.

    • scionofflame - Jan 10, 2013 at 3:27 PM

      I hate you fingers. *aren’t rushing to do it.

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