Detroit Red Wings General Manager Ken Holland announced today that the club has agreed to terms with defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom on a one-year contract.
Wings coach Mike Babcock made a major recruiting pitch to persuade Nicklas Lidstrom to return next season, telling him he will be playing for a competitive club that will remain a Stanley Cup contender after making a few offseason changes.
Nicklas Lidstrom said he will take his time to decide whether to return next season or retire.
Nicklas Lidstrom had a plus-2 rating, moving him past former Colorado Avalanche C Peter Forsberg into first place on the NHL’s career postseason plus-minus rankings (plus-55).
Michal Handzus high-sticked Nicklas Lidstrom along the boards late in the second period, opening a cut on the Detroit captain’s lower lip that required stitches after the game.
Nicklas Lidstrom is walking a fine line, trying to play at a high level for the Detroit Red Wings as long as he can without figuring out too late he played one too many seasons.
“You just never know when it’s going to happen,” he said.
The NHL All-Star game’s first Mr. Irrelevant is Toronto’s Phil Kessel.
Nicklas Lidstrom’s first pick in the inaugural NHL All-Star fantasy draft was his only bad one — choosing the wrong side of a flipped puck with the No. 1 selection on the line.
Red Wings general manager Ken Holland is drawing up plans for next season’s team, but he doesn’t expect to get anything concrete done pending the decision of the team’s biggest building block.
All the hockey people around Nicklas Lidstrom are convinced he’ll stay, that he’ll be back next year to once again lead his Red Wings.
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