Commentaries on Nicklas Lidstrom’s retirement, Don Cherry’s continued jingoism, a review of “While The Men Watch”, and more.


Lidstrom won 4 Stanley Cups in his 20-year career.

WINGING IT IN MOTOWN: Red Wings nation is in mourning as team captain and long-time blueline stalwart Nicklas Lidstrom retires.

PUCK DADDY: Greg Wyshynski reports Lidstrom believes Henrik Zetterberg and Niklas Kronwall would make good captain material.

RED LIGHT DISTRICT HOCKEY BLOG: Ryan Porth on Lidstrom going out on his own terms.

GREATEST HOCKEY LEGENDS: Joe Pelletier on how Lidstrom stacks up with some of the all-time greatest defensemen in NHL history.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’ll have my take in tomorrow’s (June 1st) Soapbox.

BACKHAND SHELF: Ellen Etchingham defends the concept of giving 110 percent, while Daniel Wagner points out how Don Cherry’s jingoistic views of hockey are wrong, wrong, wrong.

GRANTLAND.COM: Bill Barnwell wonders if size really matters in today’s NHL. Talent and work ethic are every bit as important, perhaps more so, as physical size and strength.

SILVER OAK CASINO BLOG: Ron Schwartz on why you don’t bet on teams who just won a series in seven games, but it comes with a caveat.

THE HOCKEY WRITERS: Mike Colligan explains how next season’s salary cap could rise to nearly $74 million. Yep, staging a lockout for a year to bring about cost certainty really worked, didn’t it?

THE STRANGEST ONE OF ALL: Scotty Wazz with his prediction (made before Game One) of the 2012 Stanley Cup Final.

HEAD TO THE NET: Myra McIntosh reviewed CBC’s “While The Men Watch”.