When Mike Babcock was looking to add assistant coaches early in the off-season, he turned to a former Detroit Red Wings’ all-star defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom.
Lidstrom ultimately turned down the offer and the Red Wings ended up hiring two top-notch assistant coaches, but oh what could have been.
Nicklas Lidstrom talked with Sweden’s Sport Expressen about receiving the offer and why he turned it down.
It is true that he called and asked if I was interested in taking one of the sites as an assistant coach for the coming season. I was very proud of the offer, it was really flattering, says Lidstrom.
While he was flattered, it was not enough to make him move because his family is doing well in Sweden.
We are doing well here in Sweden after the move and the children thrive in school, so it never occurred to move back now. We moved the home the other year for the children to go to school here.
Nicklas Lidstrom wanted to move back to Sweden when he retired for his kids to go to school, play hockey, and learn about their heritage more and because of that, I do not think anyone can fault him for not wanting to uproot his children.
Probably the best quote from the article is when Lidstrom was asked, “Do you realize that you turned down a job that many others could only dream of?”
Haha … so far I never thought of that.
This will not be Nicklas Lidstrom’s only job offer as a coach in the NHL, but only a few people would turn down a job to work with Mike Babcock and the Detroit Red Wings and Lidstrom is one of the few.
But Lidstrom does have the best reason for it, his family.