Mike Bab***** tries to sell Nicklas Lidstrom on team having another shot at Cup
If Nicklas Lidstrom returns next season, he will be playing for a competitive club that will remain a Stanley Cup contender after making a few offseason changes. That was the recruiting pitch Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Bab***** made to his indispensable defenseman Saturday at Joe Louis Arena, as players and staff gathered for the team photo and cleaned out their lockers.
Despite losing to the San Jose Sharks in the second round of the playoffs for the second year in a row, Bab***** believes this team was much better this season and still has a positive upside. “I think if our team was no good, Nick wouldn’t even consider coming back. But I think having the kind of year he did and the kind of playoff he did and the kind of playoff our team had, it’s given me confidence he’ll be back,” Bab***** said.http://www.mlive.com/redwings/index.ssf/2011/05/nicklas_lidstrom_talks_about_h.html