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DETROIT (AP) - Nicklas Lidstrom has been nominated to win the Norris Trophy.
Yes, you’ve read that before.
The Detroit Red Wings star was named a finalist on Monday _ for the 11th time in 13 seasons _ for the award that honors the NHL’s top defenseman. Boston’s Zdeno Chara and Nashville’s Shea Weber are the other finalists.
“It’s always something special,” Lidstrom said. “I’ve won it a few times.”
Actually, a few times two.
Lidstrom collected six trophies _ five are in his office at home in suburban Detroit, one is in his native Sweden _ in a seven-season stretch before Chara claimed the Norris in 2009 and Chicago’s Duncan Keith won it last year.
“There’s no player that’s been as good as long in my opinion,” Detroit coach Mike Babcock said of his star defenseman, who turns 41 on Thursday.
As he celebrates his birthday, Detroit should finally know who it is playing in the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs and forward Johan Franzen should be healthy enough to play. Franzen skated Monday after his teammates practiced, resting his injured left ankle, and is expected to be on the ice when the Red Wings resume the postseason toward the end of the week.
Lidstrom is 15 years older than Weber and seven years older than Chara, but he’s still at least as good as both standouts on the blue line. He has 62 points this season _ surpassing his production from each of the previous two years _ to rank second among NHL defenseman.
“It means a lot to me to play at this level in this league at this age,” Lidstrom said. “I sat next to Chris Chelios for nine years, so I saw up close what it takes at this age to stay in shape.”
Lidstrom’s 6-foot-2, 190-pound body is chiseled thanks to a year-round workout that includes exercise before practice and after games along with a sensible diet.
He eats oatmeal, three eggs over easy, toast or bagel, coffee and juice made by his wife at home or by a cook on the road for breakfast. Spaghetti with meat sauce and grilled chicken are on the menu for lunch followed by soup or salad before the puck drops.
When Lidstrom gets home after games, he eats “whatever is in the fridge” and usually washes it down with Amstel Light or cabernet.
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