Sports Illustrated's Adrian Dater asked Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk what it would be like to play without retired captain Nicklas Lidstrom.

"It's been like a dream. A bad dream. A nightmare," he said. "I keep thinking I'll see him again soon in (training camp), just like always. I keep telling myself this, thinking it will come true. I can't believe this has happened."

Datsyuk, who turns 34 on July 20, said Lidstrom still would've been one of the NHL's top defensemen if he played another year.