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02-27-2013, 11:18 AM
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Anyone heard anything about Lidstrom # retirement?

I haven't heard a single thing about when they're going to retire his number. Are they waiting till next year?

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They were planning on doing it this year but weren't sure if it'd be a good idea with the abbreviated season and the fans being upset with the league. They're going to retire it some time next season.

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Home opener next season.

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I figured the lockout would maybe delay it, but I also thought they'd maybe use it to try and get some people to come out if there was any lockout-inspired dip in attendance.

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They said it was planned for sometime in Feb this year, but due to the lockout they just didn't have time to re-organize everything so fast. So, to make it easier on all bodies, they just rescheduled it for next season but I can't honestly remember if they had gave out a date with it.

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Yeah basically remember when he was in town visiting and staying at Homers and they kept showing each game. That was the time period when they were going to do it, an early February game against Columbus was the old plan. Basically have heard opening night, but I think they stopped that because obviously that means no banner night not that everyone around both the organization and fans doesn't know better at this point, but it is just an optical thing. That and they could have rethought the placement of it.

One thing to watch for is they generally have scouting summits during the season. A couple of them where you hear all of the scouts will be in town. I would think if they scrap the opening night idea, one of them will be when Lidstrom is in town for that. As his February visit was in part about coming up with a full on picture of his role with the organization if I remember right and that was what they were basing his previous retirement on.

Will be very excited to watch it go up. One of my favorite pictures on the wings.


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I figured the lockout would maybe delay it, but I also thought they'd maybe use it to try and get some people to come out if there was any lockout-inspired dip in attendance.
They said the opposite right away, I think they might have continued on if they knew the response would be this good. But they weren't going to use this as anything but an honor and at the appropriate time. The interesting thing would have been if this season was super ugly, I wonder if they might have waited even another additional year hoping for the bounce back.

The NHL has made a habit of sending teams away before the Winter Classic. I actually think it would be pretty awesome if they played like a December 29th home game where they retired Lidstrom's jersey as really the kick off to the Winter Classic. Hope that is something the league considers, would also put him in town for the Alumni events.

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They said the opposite right away, I think they might have continued on if they knew the response would be this good. But they weren't going to use this as anything but an honor and at the appropriate time. The interesting thing would have been if this season was super ugly, I wonder if they might have waited even another additional year hoping for the bounce back.

The NHL has made a habit of sending teams away before the Winter Classic. I actually think it would be pretty awesome if they played like a December 29th home game where they retired Lidstrom's jersey as really the kick off to the Winter Classic. Hope that is something the league considers, would also put him in town for the Alumni events.
I think that's a great idea.

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Plot twist: They canceled the ceremony because he's coming back next year...

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