The Detroit Red Wings named Henrik Zetterberg their new captain today at Compuware Arena in Plymouth.
Zetterberg takes on the captaincy after Nicklas Lidstrom retired.
Zetterberg was an alternate captain last season with Pavel Datsyuk and Niklas Kronwall, but his time as Red Wings captain was foreshadowed when he had a locker next to Steve Yzerman in 2006.
Yzerman and Lidstrom were only a couple legendary Detroit captains mentioned by Zetterberg in his press conference. The likes of Gordie Howe, Ted Lindsay and Alex Delvecchio were also mentioned. Note that all of the above have their jerseys in the rafters (and for Lidstrom's case, soon to be).
Datsyuk and Niklas Kronwall will be the alternate captains this season.
In a few days, there will no longer be any player left from the 1997 and 1998 Detroit Red Wings Stanley Cup Championship teams. With Nicklas Lidstrom already retired, his longtime friend and fellow Swede Tomas Holmstrom is expected to retire before the lockout shortened season begins.
A report suggested that Holmstrom had already informed the Red Wings of his decision during the lockout, but the Wings wanted to wait until the lockout was over to make the announcement.
Holmstrom is one of the best players of all time in front of the net. He took severe punishment from defenders and goalies, which got him the nickname "Demolition Man."
With the NHL lockout over, NHL players that were playing overseas are flooding back to North America in anticipation of NHL training camp starting in a few days. That includes a few Detroit Red Wings players.
Henrik Zetterberg, Valterri Filppula, Pavel Datsyuk, Drew Miller, Jan Mursak, Damien Brunner, Jakub Kindl and Cory Emmerton were some of the Detroit players that played in Europe while the lockout was in progress, and almost all of them have returned to Detroit.
Datsyuk is staying in the KHL until he and his agent know when training camp is starting, and the status of Damien Brunner is unknown. He is currently playing for Zug in the Swiss league, but will likely end up in training camp in Detroit.
In the 2011 NHL Entry Level Draft, the Islanders selected two players from Sweden, John Persson and Johan Sundstrom, who will most likely be starters for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers this season. Each has taken a different path to reach their goal … a full time job in the NHL.
We will never see a player like him again. After 20 seasons in the NHL, Nicklas Lidstrom is calling it a career.
Drafted in 1989 53rd overall, Lidstrom became one of the greatest defencemen of all time. His on ice vision and overall smart play led to the nickname "The Perfect Human." In his career, he played 1564 games, scoring 264 goals, 878 assists for 1142 points. His career plus minus is a whopping +450.
Lidstrom all but owned the Norris Trophy, winning it seven times, including six in sevevn seasons and his last as a 41 year old as a minus player. He has won four Stanley Cups; in 1997, 1998, 2002 (where he won the Conn Smythe Trophy) and 2008 as the first ever European born captain to win the Cup. He never missed the playoffs in his entire career.
It's the time of year where General Managers that are not in the playoffs assess their team's talent and see what needs to be done. Writers can do that too! The Checking Line - Red Wings Edition team of Kyle Busch, Rachel Bellono, Eric Huffman, A.K Bennett, Robert D'Aurelio and Justin Doddie gave every player on the Red Wings a grade and what they thought of their seasons
The past two years, the Detroit Red Wings have waited on the most important decision from a player that would alter the plans of the team. This year is no different. Nicklas Lidstrom's contract is up again, and the 42 year old defenceman has until July 1st to let Ken Holland know what his plans are.
Chance are that he will let Holland know sooner than the beginning of free agency, but this time the signs are pointing to Lidstrom hanging up the skates.
A day after the Detroit Red Wings were knocked out of the first round of the playoffs, speculation has begun. Who is staying, who is going and what will the team look like next year? All the answers are with CapGeek.com, a site that allows you to look at your team's salary cap and palyer contracts. So, looking at the Red Wings, there are several factors that will determine what they can do in the offseason via free agency and trades.