He's smarter than everyone. It's real easy to sum it up that way. If you look at the way he plays night-in night-out every season, he's rarely hurt and he's always the best player on the ice. And why is that? I think it's because he's a lot smarter than everyone.
He reads the game so well that a lot of times he doesn't have to do anything dramatic. He does things that are so simple.
He's kind of like a computer some times. He doesn't make mistakes. He's always in the right spot. He's making the game look very easy.
Nick Lidstrom in my mind, you can't have a better player in your organization. They talk about a lot of players. Here they talk about Stevie (Yzerman) and guys that went before him. I don't know how you can be a better Red Wing than this guy (Lidstrom). He does everything right. That's on the ice, off the ice, that's preparation. … To me, there is no question who the Norris Trophy winner. I'm not trying to take anything away from Dion (Phaneuf), who's a great young player, or (Zdeno) Chara, who's a huge man and great player. But the best player on the back end in the game today bar none is Nick Lidstrom.
His ability to be in the right place at the right time. His timing and his calm. That's what stands out to me. You can talk about 50 things with him, but as for what's different than other players, I'd start with that. He's always in the right position.
Everything he's achieved is unbelievable. I think they'll start to understand Nick better once he's done.