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TSN.ca Staff with CP Files
8/23/2006 12:04:39 PM

Nicklas Lidstrom will replace Steve Yzerman as captain of the Detroit Red Wings, reports the Detroit Free Press.

A source within the organization told the newspaper the team has made the decision but is holding off on a formal announcement until closer to the start of the season.

Detroit head coach Mike Babcock told the Canadian Press the report is premature.

"I'm not saying Nick Lidstrom won't be the captain but what I am telling you is that we haven't spent one second on it yet," said Babcock.

Anything written about it at this point is pure speculation."

"When I get back I'll meet with (GM) Kenny (Holland), Steve Yzerman and also with our veteran core, Chris Chelios, Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg and Kris Draper, have a chat, and do what's best for our hockey club," explained Babcock.

The 36-year-old Lidstrom is coming off winning his fourth Norris Trophy in the last five seasons as the NHL's top blueliner. Only Bobby Orr (eight), Doug Harvey (seven) and Ray Bourque (five) have more Norris wins.

Lidstrom scored 16 goals, added 64 assists and had a plus-21 rating this past season. He has spent his entire career in Detroit playing 1,096 regular season games and collecting 189 goals and 617 assists over his 14 seasons.

Yzerman announced his retirement in July after spending all 22 seasons with Detroit. He first donned the 'C' in 1986, becoming the youngest captain in club history at age 21.
 

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It's just hard to say the right things of (for me ) a totally new sport.

I know the basics from the NHL game I play on PS2 but for the rest I don't know too much.
I only know I have always played with Detroit and that Hasek is my star player.

And when I went to the Detroit red wings site and I saw they signed Hasek for another year I was very pleased :)
 

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tobias said:
It's just hard to say the right things of (for me ) a totally new sport.

I know the basics from the NHL game I play on PS2 but for the rest I don't know too much.
I only know I have always played with Detroit and that Hasek is my star player.

And when I went to the Detroit red wings site and I saw they signed Hasek for another year I was very pleased :)
Well, don't you worry about it, if you have any questions at all, about hockey, there are enough people on here that can help you out!! So ask away!!! :D
 

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I would be surprised if Lidstrom was not named captain, but I wonder if they will consider Chelios to be captian or maybe an assistant because he has had experience in the olympics as the captain of the US.

something to think about.
 

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Ya , even though I voiced I am not too thrilled.. the reason being I just feel that this guy is not qualified as far as leadership of being a captain.. Nick does his own thing.. Its going to be hard to take the Helm of a team that has had Steve Yzerman as captain.. Huge shoes to fill....

well, I think later it will be hank.. but we will see.
 
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