I really hope some of his teammates knew about this and are able to make it back tomorrow. Remember thinking that was great with Rafalski. It would be nice to see a big turn out for him. Guess we can expect Babcock and Ilitch to be there to, the only part of the initial release that gave me pause.
I'm actually quite surprised it would end like this but Yzerman retired after a 1st round exit also when his body was failing him. Perhaps Nick is more beat up then we're lead to believe.
We'll always love and admire what he's done for this team...I'd hate to see him go. We wouldn't see this many sources and reports of him retiring if they weren't true. I'm bracing myself for that being the news tomorrow morning.
That being said, if Parise and Suter aren't in the red and white next year...'12-13 is going to suck ass!
Håkan Andersson texted a respected swedish journalist that he is in fact retiring. Somehow, in my naivity, I didn't want to believe that he'd hang them up. We'll have a different team next year, that's for sure.
If he does retire, he's one of the greatest to play the game and has earned the right to step down when he wants. I'm not a Wings fan, but Lindstrom has been / is one of the best players of the last two decades.