There are a little over three months left in this decade. Odds are that you're going to see 15 thousand more articles and TV shows just like this one by the Sporting News in the near future.
"Lidstrom is an anomaly—the first European-born player to win a Conn Smythe ( 2002) and the only one to captain a Stanley Cup champion ('08). But the Swedish defenseman's accomplishments cannot be trivialized. Twice in this decade—from 2001-03 and 2006-08—the 17-year veteran has three-peated as the winner of the Norris Trophy. In a word: ridiculous."
A quote from Stevie Y:
"Nick is your best player in training camp. He's your best player in preseason. He's your best player in the regular season. He's your best player in the playoffs. I'm not sure what else he could do."
And according to MacLeod -- their All Decade Team:
Jagr - Sakic - Iginla
Lidstrom - Niedermayer
I didn't see this all decade team on the original Sporting News story, so apparently MacLeod gets "director's cuts" of all the world's hockey articles before they hit the Internet. He also says that Ken Holland is recognized as the executive of the decade, Babcock as the top coach, and the Red Wings as the top team. Not bad.
Their game of the 2000's was the Pens/Flyers five overtime game. Personally, I refuse to acknowledge anything that includes heavy doses of Keith Primeau as the "best" of anything, unless we're talking about who is the biggest chode.
I for one can't read or watch enough of the "____ of the decade" stuff, as it narrowly surpasses my raunchy infatuation with lists. It doesn't even matter what they're talking about. If they did a two hour long show covering the top 10 Golden Girls episodes of the 80's, I'd not only watch it but probably live blog it. (I like the one where Betty White acts naive.)
Now that I've embarrassed away our entire readership ... Red Wings team of the Decade? Seems as though it would be hard given the transition in eras midway through, with each being very successful.