The Detroit Red Wings brought another former franchise legend into the fold yesterday, as 7-time Norris Trophy winning defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom was hired as Vice President of Hockey Operations. The Red Wings now boast two of the greatest players in NHL history as key members of their front office, as Steve Yzerman currently serves as GM.
The move has understandably been very well received so far amongst the fan base and the rest of the organization. And it’s none other than young blue liner Moritz Seider, who will be a mainstay on Detroit’s defense for years to come just as Lidstrom was, who expressed particular excitement over Lidstrom’s hire.
“I had a chance to meet him at the home opener, seems like a really genuine guy,” Seider said Tuesday. “I’ve heard a lot of great things. I think his game, we don’t have to talk about that, it’s been phenomenal to watch.”
“I’m even more interested in the person than the hockey player — there’s way more behind it. That’s what I’m most interested about. I just want to get to know him, have a chat, see what he has to say about the organization, how we are going to develop as a team and as a group to take the next step.”
“I think everyone is happy in Hockeytown.”
Seider himself is enjoying a phenomenal rookie season, ranking second on the team in ice time and being one of the projected frontrunners for the Calder Memorial Trophy as the NHL’s top rookie.
– – Quotes via Detroit Free Press