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Thursday, September 24, 2009

Lidstrom player of decade

The Sporting News has named Nicklas Lidstrom its NHL player of the decade. No arguments here. It's interesting that Lidstrom wasn't once named TSN's player of the year during the decade, but that's Lidstrom ... consistently excellent.

The Sporting News story

Also earning recognition for the 2000s (or is that 00s) were the Red Wings as the top franchise, Mike Babcock as top coach and Ken Holland as top executive. J-S Giguere as second-team goalie ... hey, there's got to be something on the list to criticize.


F Joe Sakic

F Jaromir Jagr

F Jarome Iginla

D Nicklas Lidstrom

D Scott Niedermayer

G Martin Brodeur


F Sidney Crosby

F Vincent Lecavalier

F Alex Ovechkin

D Chris Pronger

D Zdeno Chara

G Jean-Sebastien Giguere


Athlete of the decade: Nicklas Lidstrom, Red Wings D, over Martin Brodeur, Devils G

Coach of the decade: Mike Babcock, Ducks/Red Wings

Team of the decade: Red Wings

Game of the decade: Game 4, 2000 Eastern Conference semifinals, Flyers 2, Penguins 1 in 5 OTs

All-decade first team: F Joe Sakic, Jaromir Jagr and Jarome Iginla; D Nicklas Lidstrom and Scott Niedermayer; G Martin Brodeur

All-decade second team: F Sidney Crosby, Vincent Lecavalier and Alex Ovechkin; D Chris Pronger and Zdeno Chara; G Jean-Sebastien Giguere

Executive of the decade: Ken Holland, Red Wings GM and executive VP


Anonymous Hannibal. said...

Why do sports media always think that overtime marathons where nobody scores for three hours are so great? Once you get past the first ten minutes of OT, most of those games suck. I turned off that Flyers Pens game, went out for drinks, and came back and watched the winning goal without having missed anything of importance.

September 25, 2009 at 9:14 AM 
Blogger John said...

No kidding, is there really any question that Luongo out shined Giguere in every aspect excepting the team he played with?

Clearly in seasons since the cup, Giguere has been considered a replaceable part as well by a team that continues to succeed with or without him.

Could vancouver or florida have competed with a different goalie during his tenure's? And also, I see Kiprusoff as the 3rd and giguere as probably 6th.

September 25, 2009 at 11:04 AM 
Blogger Bruce MacLeod said...

That darned media.

Actually, Hannibal, I agree with you. Overtime games get tedious. Although I remember talking about the Flyers/Pens game the next day ... or even the Islanders/Caps game back in the 80s ... they're not all that much fun to watch. They're just noteworthy.

September 25, 2009 at 11:22 AM 

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