SVT Sport asked Nicklas Lidstrom to weigh in regarding Niklas Kronwall’s retirement, and Lidstrom sent a text message to SVT. Here’s a rough translation of what he had to say:
“He had a fantastic career with the Red Wings, and has been a leader and role model for many years. He was a tough player to meet, and opponents always had to keep track of when he was on the ice,” writes “Lidas” in a text message to SVT Sport.
Lidstrom and Kronwall played together in Detroit for 13 seasons, several of them on the same defensive pair. In 2008, they won the Stanley Cup together.
“He had a professional attitude and strong character. He struggled with bad knees for several years, but he never complained,” Lidstrom recalled.
Kronwall will remain in Detroit as an advisor to the team’s general manager, Steve Yzerman.
“It’s cool that he’ll stay in the organization as an advisor.”