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According to a rough translation of an article in a Swedish newspaper, captain Nicklas Lidstrom plans to participate this Thursday in Sweden’s pre-Olympic orientation camp. His attendance at this camp does not guarantee Lidstrom will play in the 2010 Winter Olympics, but it certainly indicates Lidstrom’s interest to do so if his body is able. The Expressen reporter says Lidstrom is an important foundation block that the team needs for the Vancouver Games.
Last week the NHLPA sent out a memo to its players and the national hockey federations, warning them that there may not be adequate insurance to cover an injury that occurs at an Olympic camp this summer. GM Ken Holland, who is also supporting Steve Yzerman with Team Canada responsibilities, isn’t too worried because the on-ice component is just one part of camp and he reminds readers that the players would be skating anyways so it’s a risk they take at home during the off-season.
In Other News
- Speaking of Lidstrom, NHL.com named the top 10 active Swedes in the NHL and it comes as no surprise that Detroit’s captain sits atop the list. Three other Red Wings make the list: Henrik Zetterberg (No. 2), Johan Franzen (No. 8), and Niklas Kronwall (No. 10).
- Russia Today has a video about Pavel Datsyuk putting together a hockey camp in Yekaterinburg, Russia, where he played when he was young. Datsyuk was joined by other NHL coaches and players, who passed along instruction to the Russian kids through an interpreter. While the camp participants had to pay a fee to participate, Datsyuk said the bulk of the costs were covered. Since it was Datsyuk’s camp, the emphasis was on skill.
- NHL referee Brad Meier named Lidstrom and newly retired Avalanche Joe Sakic as the two classiest players on the ice.
- George Sipple of the Detroit Free Press talked to GM Ken Holland about his drive to prevent the Red Wings from eroding.
- Craig Custance of The Sporting News reports that some of the former star players, including former Wings Chris Chelios and Brendan Shanahan, may have to tryout at training camps for a shot at a contract. The New York Post suggests that Cheli would like to play for the New York Rangers.
- The Ottawa Sun takes a look at some “Golden Oldies” — athletes who still excelled despite their age. Guess who makes the top of their list? Mr. Hockey himself.
- Kyle at Babcock’s Death Stare notes that a Detroit prospect (goaltender Daniel Larsson) may unexpectedly receive an invite to the Swedish Olympic Camp. That’s on top of the Red Wings likely to receive invites for camp (Lidstrom, Henrik Zetterberg, Niklas Kronwall, Tomas Holmstrom, Johan Franzen, and perhaps Jonathan Ericsson).
- Marian Hossa had rotator cuff surgery on Friday and is not expected to return until late November at the earliest. As a result, he will not face off against Detroit as a member of the Blackhawks in Detroit’s home opener against Chicago.
- Former Wing Aaron Ward was traded back to the Carolina Hurricanes after a stint in Boston.
- Nightmare on Helm Street reminds us of a fun “Dangle Dangle” video interview of Pavel Datsyuk with Mickey Redmond.