Nicklas Lidstrom D DET Apr 18 '78

Nicklas Lidstrom won't be able to help the Detroit Red Wings directly as a player next season, but he'll use his hockey knowledge as a scout.

Brendan Savage reports that Lidstrom will most likely work as a scout in Sweden, which isn't a huge surprise. This could be more than a gesture of gratitude because the team hasn't been landing quite as many European steals as they once did.

Nicklas Lidstrom D DET Mar 27 '78

The Red Wings engaged their fans in a novel promotion this past week.

They challenged them to honor recently retired future Hall of Fame defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom by paying tribute to him in sidewalk art. The winning artist will receive an autographed hockey puck. If you are around Detroit check out the sidewalks!

Nicklas Lidstrom D DET Mar 11 '78

Nicklas Lidstrom, 42, officially called it a career on Thursday after 20 NHL seasons.

"Retiring today allows me to walk away from the game with pride, rather than have the game walk away from me," said the future Hall of Fame defenseman. He racked up 1,142 points, fourth most in franchise history, in 1,564 career games. Lidstrom captured four Stanley Cups as a member of the Wings and he was awarded with Norris Trophy, as the league's best defenseman, seven times. He concludes his playing days with a plus-450 plus-minus rating, which ranks him eighth in league history. The talented defender was also as gentlemenly off the ice as was on it, picking up just 514 minutes in penalties in his career. Lidstrom also had 183 points in 263 career postseason contests. We wish him the best in his retirement.

Nicklas Lidstrom D DET Mar 11 '78

If Nicklas Lidstrom announces his retirement on Thursday, and it's very likely that he will do so, he will have led every Red Wings team he's ever played for to the playoffs.

Among his many great accomplishments, the Detroit Red Wings success during his team is one of his finest. Lidstrom won the Stanley Cup four times and he played a significant role in all of those runs. He's participated in 263 playoff contests, second only to Chris Chelios, who continued to play well into his late 40s.

Nicklas Lidstrom D DET Mar 10 '78

Nicklas Lidstrom and Detroit GM Ken Holland will meet with the media at a news conference Thursday and speculation is that it will be to discuss the future of the Hall of Fame defenseman.

The 42-year-old just completed his 20th NHL campaign with the Red Wings in 2011-12. If he calls it a career then he will go down as one of the top defenders to ever play the game.

Nicklas Lidstrom D DET Feb 27 '78

Nicklas Lidstrom isn't ready to make a decision regarding his future.

"I've been taking my time and I haven't really gotten to that process yet," said Lidstrom on Friday. "I haven't really gotten any closer to a decision." Red Wings GM Ken Holland is hoping that Lidstrom will reach a decision by mid-June so that Detroit can factor it into their free agency plans. Lidstrom indicated that he'll make his decision by then.

Nicklas Lidstrom D DET Feb 19 '78

Detroit GM Ken Holland will meet with veteran defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom in the next few weeks.

Lidstrom is contemplating retirement as well he should be at the age of 42, but he could return for another season as his skill level is still top ten in the NHL among defensemen and possibly higher than that. He should decide by mid-June. If he decides to retire, his next stop will be the Hall of Fame.

Nicklas Lidstrom D DET Feb 05 '78

Nicklas Lidstrom was not one of the three nominees for the James Norris Trophy this season.

Lidstrom has won seven Norris Trophy's and is second all-time to Bobby Orr who won eight. Lidstrom has 34 points in 70 games this season to go with a plus-21 rating but did not deserve to be in the top three as Erik Karlsson, Shea Weber and Zdeno Chara were better this season. Lidstrom is contemplating retirement this off-season so this could have been his last chance to tie Orr.

Nicklas Lidstrom D DET Feb 03 '78

Red Wings GM Ken Holland is hoping that Nicklas Lidstrom will come to a decision about his future by mid-June.

That would allow Detroit to know where Lidstrom stands before the NHL entry draft and free agent period. "I'm hoping Nick comes back," Holland said. "He told me he's not sure. Which, to me, that's a good thing." Lidstrom will turn 42 on Saturday, but he's still capable of contributing.

Nicklas Lidstrom D DET Feb 02 '78

Nicklas Lidstrom indicates he could make a decision by July 1 on whether returns for 2012-13.

Lidstrom will turn 42 on Saturday and instead of getting ready for a second-round series he will contemplate his immediate future. He chose July 1 as that is when the window opens on free agency. In the five-game series defeat to Nashville, Lidstrom was without a point with an even plus/minus while averaging 23:43. He was 11-23-34 and plus-21 in 70 regular season matches.