Don't know if this has been posted or not, but looks like Nik Lidstrom will finally retire, wonder if he will be going to Modo?
#SNPlayoffs news. #Redwings Nik Lidstrom is expected to retire tomorrow at his press conference. Congrat's on a great career.
Oh no. He's not a Modo player, he is from Västerås, who finished fourth in Hockeyallsvenskan (Sweden's second tier league)last season and failed to be promoted to the SEL.
If he were to play for Modo, he'd be considered a total sellout.
I say he has two options. Either retire fully, which I think may be the more logical choice, given his age, or play a final season for Västerås, helping them get promoted to the SEL, which will make him a hero forever in his old hometown.
Actually, considering that his son Kevin is already playing for Västerås J18 team, helping get them promoted back to the SEL in time for his son to make the roster... Hmm... I like the sound of that. He'd be getting free beers for the rest of his life. Not that he can't afford paying...
Kenny Jönsson did that when returning to Sweden He signed with his old team Rögle, helped them get back to teh SEL, then stayed on another year to help them get anchored. People eat that shit up. He is a true genuine hero. Giving back to teh community that raised him.
But Modo? Nah.
People would throw garbage at Nicklas and/or key his car when he showed his face back home. Especially if - god forbid - Modo ends up in the bottom two and faces Västerås in relegation games at the end of the season and he sinks his old team...
People take switching teams at a whim very seriously here, and it's not looked favourably upon.
The words whore, mercenary, prostitute, Judas, Quisling, Benedict Arnold, rent boy spring to mind.
Mikael Renberg has had his share of that when he decided to sign with Skellefteå instead of Luleå when returning home from his last NHL stint, and mind you, he's originally from Piteå, a town half way between Luleå and Skellefteå. Still. He had played for Luleå before, and he then played for another team, and to make it worse - a local rival.
Still a whole bunch of people up there who hate his guts.