Nicklas Lidstrom is confident in his ability to continue playing at a high level. His health and his age (42 on April 28) are not concerns. He has faith in the organization’s ability to maintain a competitive roster, and he is motivated to win another Stanley Cup. Lidstrom, however, is not sure if he still has the drive, after 20 NHL seasons, to train the way he needs to over the summer to be prepared for another long and grinding season. Plus, his family might want to return to his native Sweden. The seven-time Norris Trophy winner as the league’s top defenseman will take a few weeks, maybe a month or two, to decided whether to play next season or retire.
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