Nicklas Lidstrom Retiring: Where Does He Rank Among All-Time Best Red Wings

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Nicklas Lidstrom Retiring: Where Does He Rank Among All-Time Best Red Wings
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With the rumors and reports that Nick Lidstrom will be retiring, it seemed like the right time to see where he ranks among the top Red Wings of all time.

The Detroit Red Wings are one of the greatest franchises not only in NHL history, but across the major sports. 

They are third in Stanley Cup championships to Montreal and Toronto. Those two teams, along with the Los Angeles Lakers, Boston Celtics and New York Yankees, are the only teams in the four major sports that have more championships that the Red Wings.

During that time, there have been many great players that have worn the winged wheel. 

It is a who’s who list of hockey greats that includes Sergei Fedorov, Ted Lindsay, Terry Sawchuck, Brendan Shanahan, Norm Ullman, Red Kelly, Sid Abel and Alex Delvecchio, just to name a few.

That group alone would form an impressive Hall of Fame team to battle that of any other franchise.

As good as those players are, they cannot crack the top three spots.

Those belong to Gordie Howe, Nick Lidstrom and Steve Yzerman.

The argument could be made that these players could be 1A, 1B and 1C. Where is the fun in that?

Even being third on this list is an honor.

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