Tag:Niklas Kronwall
Posted on: October 22, 2011 11:00 pm
Edited on: October 23, 2011 2:36 pm

Nicklas Lidstrom's 1,500th doesn't go as planned

By Brian Stubits

WASHINGTON -- Nicklas Lidstrom, the venerable blueline for the Detroit Red Wings, took part in his 1,500th game of his career on Saturday night against the Capitals. Of those 1,500, he probably didn't have many like this one.

Taking a 7-1 beating by the Caps can't be how he envisioned this milestone night going, right?

"No, not really, especially after playing game number 1,500," Lidstrom said. "I wanted to end on a better note."

It didn't begin too badly for Lidstrom. He helped the Red Wings get back in the game, albeit momentarily, by assisting on Niklas Kronwall's power-play goal, the only one Detroit was able to get past Tomas Vokoun.

He also had an early recognition from the 111th consecutive sold-out crowd at the Verizon Center -- with many Red Wings fan in attendance -- and the Capitals, which didn't go unnoticed.

"It was nice to see the crowd's reaction, I was happy that the Capitals organization announced it too," Lidstrom said. "Class effort of their bench as well for the standing up and giving me an applause there."

Normally a milestone like 1,500 games is something you want to remember. I'm sure Lidstrom would rather soon forget.

Photo: Getty Images

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Posted on: September 14, 2011 9:36 am

Daily Skate: Belak's depression; Blues update

By Brian Stubits

BELAK'S DEPRESSION: Here is a very powerful piece written by Michael Landsberg at TSN, a good friend to the late Wade Belak. It's a terrific read that gives a closer look into each of their issues with depression, offering up a different perspective. Really worth a read.

ST. LOUIS SALE: The Blues are still searching for a new ownership group as Dave Checketts tries to separate himself from the franchise. A new and promising group has emerged (St. Louis Post-Dispatch) to possibly push this sale closer to a reality. The group, led by Calgary businessman and former Coyotes suitor Max Chambers, includes six-time Cup winner Bryan Trottier.

TWEET BEAT: Do you enjoy following some of the Flyers on Twitter like Ilya Bryzgalov or James van Riemsdyk? They might not be entertaining as much in the coming months. The Flyers are cracking down on how much the players Tweet during "business hours" as prospect Zac Rinaldo recently found out (from Puck Daddy/Courier Times).

QUITE A PAIR: Welcome to Detroit, Ian White. The defenseman is getting a nice signing bonus, opening training camp as the defensive partner of Nicklas Lidstrom. The other Red Wings pairings will be Brad Stuart with Niklas Kronwall then Mike Commodore will join forces with Brendan Smith when camp opens.

THE FIGHT GOES ON: The fight over fighting in the NHL has grown to an all-time high this offseason. Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun is one of those who would like to see the pugilism expunged from the sport, but believes the only way that will get done is with a strong-willed GM.

SPECIAL DELIVERY: It's awesome enough when your season tickets arrive at your house, nothing gets the blood pumping quite like seeing your admission slips. Now just imagine those season tickets being delivered by none other than Sidney Crosby? That's what a few Penguins fans got to experience.

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Posted on: September 2, 2011 9:09 am

Daily Skate: NHL, NHLPA statement

By: Adam Gretz

NHL, NHLPA STATEMENT The NHL and the NHLPA released a joint statement on Thursday regarding the three recent deaths in the NHL. The statement reads as follows:

"Everyone at the National Hockey League and the National Hockey League Players' Association is profoundly saddened by the loss, within a matter of a few weeks, of three young men, each of whom was in the prime of his life.

"While the circumstances of each case are unique, these tragic events cannot be ignored. We are committed to examining, in detail, the factors that may have contributed to these events, and to determining whether concrete steps can be taken to enhance player welfare and minimize the likelihood of such events taking place. Our organizations are committed to a thorough evaluation of our existing assistance programs and practices and will make immediate modifications and improvements to the extent they are deemed warranted.

"It is important to ensure that every reasonable step and precaution is taken to make NHL Players, and all members of the NHL family, aware of the vast resources available to them when they are in need of assistance. We want individuals to feel comfortable seeking help when they need help.

"NHL Clubs and our fans should know that every avenue will be explored and every option pursued in the furtherance of this objective."

VANCOUVER RIOT INVESTIGATION CONCLUDES In case you were wondering why there was a massive riot in Vancouver following the Canucks Game 7 loss to the Boston Bruins, an independent investigation has given us the answer, via Corey Masiak of NHL.com: "There were too many people -- not too many people for the police but too many people for the venue. ... They were too drunk. Alcohol sales that day were 68 percent higher than they were the year previous on the same Wednesday." Surely you're not surprised.

KRONWALL EXCITED TO BE PAIRED WITH STUART Veteran Red Wings defenseman talked about the upcoming season with Gregg Krupta of the Detroit News and talked about the potential of being paired with Brad Stuart again: Said Kronwall: "If that's the case, we've had some good runs in the past and I think we know each other very well and it would be a lot of fun to play with him again," Kronwall said. "He's one of those guys that makes it really easy for you."

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Posted on: August 4, 2011 10:32 am

Daily Skate: Marchand talks heat; Queens option

By Brian Stubits

LET'S MAKE A DEAL: Now that everybody is starting to come down from their Stanley Cup highs in Boston, the Bruins and Brad Marchand are getting down to business. The rookie was solid last season but really broke out in the postseason and now he's a restricted free agent, but thus far next to no work has been done on getting him a new contract. But according to ESPN Boston, the sides are beginning to talk and are taking steps toward reaching each other's goal: keeping Marchand in a B's sweater for a lot longer.

ALL HAIL THE QUEENS: When discussing the future of the Islanders, I discussed a lot of future homes for the team if it leaves Nassau County. I neglected to mention the borough of Queens because once upon a time the deal seemed to be in partnership with Jeff Wilpon, the Mets owner who has seen wealth diminish since being caught in the Bernie Madoff scandal. But it's clearly still an option, and a very viable one at that. Whenever/if Charles Wang decides to move on from Nassau, he would be wise to approach Queens about a new home right next to Citi Field and the U.S. Tennis Center. The borough would certainly be receptive (Via Islanders Point Blank).

NUGENT-HOPKINS' DREAM SEASON: Goal No. 1 for the No. 1 overall pick in last year's draft Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is to make the Oilers roster. If he does, he would love it if the team would loan him to Canada's National Junior squad around Christmas time. After not making the roster for the national team in 2010, RNH tells the Edmonton Journal that he'd love to get a shot to represent his country.

KRONWALL'S TASK: The Red Wings took to rebuilding their defensive corps this offseason, partly because of retirement. The team lost Brian Rafalski to the world or relaxation and now will have to find a way to offset his loss. That could be the job of Niklas Kronwall to step in and play major minutes. The Detroit Free Press looks at his role in Detroit for next season. All I know is that more minutes means more chances for opponents to be Kronwalled.

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