PLYMOUTH, Mich. – It was way back in July when Ken Holland invited Henrik Zetterberg to play a round of golf. The general manager beat the player, a professional athlete in his prime, but he soothed the pain in the parking lot.
"I've got one more thing I'd like to talk to you about," Holland said as they stood by Zetterberg's car.
Holland asked Zetterberg if he was comfortable becoming the next captain of the Detroit Red Wings. Zetterberg said absolutely. They shook hands. And what had been speculated since the retirement of Nicklas Lidstrom became official there at Meadowbrook Country Club.
So why did the Wings hold a news conference six months later to announce what everyone already knew? Because of the lockout, of course. Because maybe they were hoping Lidstrom would reconsider. But also because it wasn't about news when Holland handed Zetterberg the ‘C’ on Tuesday night. It was about tradition, continuity, culture – the program Holland hopes to keep humming against theRead More »from Winged Wheel keeps on turning: Henrik Zetterberg takes torch of Detroit captaincy