Lidstrom Claims More Hardware

Nicklas Lidstrom added to his hardware collection last night, claiming his second consecutive Norris Trophy at the NHL’s annual awards show.

Lidstrom becomes the first player since Raymond Bourque to repeat as a Norris Trophy winner. He beat out teammate Chris Chelios and Colorado’s Rob Blake, both previous winners.

“Just to be chosen as top three — I love it,” said Chelios, a three-time Norris Trophy winner.

Retiring Detroit coach and Norris Trophy presenter Scotty Bowman called the award the toughest trophy to win.

“This is really something special for me,” Lidstrom said.

Lidstrom plays against opponents’ top lines game in and game out, plays on special-teams units, and sees about thirty minutes of ice time a game.

“Nick is so good,” Wings general manager Ken Holland said. “He has given us a high level of performance over an extended period of time.”

Lidstrom and Chelios are the first teammates to finish one-two in Norris Trophy voting… The Red Wings declined their team option on defenseman Steve Duchesne, he has until next Thursday to accept his player option for one year at $1 million.

A Storm Brewing

Part five of the Red Wings Reunion Tour 2001-02 takes place tonight as Detroit heads to Carolina to face former Wing defenseman Aaron Ward and his new Hurricane teammates.

Ward’s team holds the top spot in the Eastern Conference’s Southeast Division after an overtime win against the Los Angeles Kings on Sunday and Ward himself already has two assists and a plus-five rating heading into tonight’s matchup.

The Red Wings are coming off a one-to-zero win over the Nashville Predators in a game which saw backup goaltender Manny Legace suffer a minor neck injury. Legace could dress for tonight’s game. To compound matters, starting goaltender Dominik Hasek felt ill during practice Monday, forcing the Red Wings to take shots against minor-league call-up Jason Elliot.

Should both Hasek and Legace be unable to start tonight, Elliot would be forced to make his first NHL start. Elliot is 0-3-0 with Cincinatti of the AHL this season, with a 5.09 goals against average and a .813 save percentage.

Hasek is expected to start, but Red Wings General Manager Ken Holland acknowledged that any of the three netminders could play between the pipes tonight.

In the meantime, the Red Wings look to continue their road unbeaten streak. Detroit is 4-0 on the road this season, including overtime wins over the San Jose Sharks and New York Islanders.

Brown, Murphy Retire; Holmstrom Remains Unsigned

Former Red Wings Doug Brown and Larry Murphy announced their respective retirements last week. The Red Wings had announced that they would not renew either players’ contract for the coming season.

Brown, 37, revieved offers from “half a dozen” teams but chose to keep his family in Detroit rather than relocte for a couple final seasons. He spent the summer talking to area firms so that he could enter a career in business if he was unable to somehow return to the Red Wings.

Murphy, 40, retired after not recieving an offer from another team. Acquired at the 1997 trade deadline, Murphy played a major role in both of Detroit’s recent Stanley Cup Championships but had been criticized as of late regarding his age and lack of speed.

Tomas Holmstrom, the Red Wings’ last remaining free agent, has not yet been signed, dispite local radio reports and an article. Red Wings GM Ken Holland hopes to have the gritty winger signed before the start of training camp.

Gilchrist to Return to Wings

Brent Gilchrist, the rugged Red Wings forward who battled injuries for two seasons before finally being healthy for 2000-2001, has accepted his option to come back to the Red Wings next season.

The 34-year-old Gilchrist will make $625,000 next season as a third- and fourth-liner and penalty-killer, as Detroit General Manager Ken Holland will not try to buy out Gilchrist’s contract.

“It was a very easy decision for Brent to make,” Gilchrist’s agent, Barney Harris, said. “Brent likes the Wings and likes the area very much.”

Lindros a Wing? I Pray Not

First off, if this site still has any big fans, I’d like to apologize for not updating a lot recently, but I’m not gonna make a big deal about it so on with the news… Eric Lindros has added three teams to his list of aceptable destinations: Detroit, Washington and St. Louis. Thankfully, Ken Holland doesn’t seem interested. Neither are the Capitals, but the Blues are chomping at the bit for him or the Coyotes’ Keith Tkachuk. The Wings win out if Tkachuk goes elsewhere and Lindros goes to St. Louis because Eric the Red (or would it be Blue?) will go down before the end of the season. Nonetheless, the rumor out of Toronto is that Lindros would go to Detroit for Saturday’s hero of the day Brendan Shanahan, who would waive his no trade clause because he doesn’t like Scotty Bowman. They’re over-reacting in Toronto, everyone hates Bowman but he makes people win so the players tolerate it. Holland isn’t stupid.

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31 January, 2001

Loss to the Devils sucked but it wasn’t too bad of a game. As of publishing no one has any news on it so I’ll add links to what the dailies had to say later. One more game before the All-Star Break. Look for Ken Holland to start making deals. I still predict Todd Gill, Doug Brown and Brent Gilchrist will be sent packing, as much as I’d hate to lose Brown and Gilchrist. Gill has got to go so we can get Kuznetsov back playing and later we’ll need one more roster spot to open up for Chris Chelios. You do remember him, right?