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Nicklas Lidstrom Has Officially Joined Red Wings As Scout

Former Detroit Red Wings defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom officially joined the organization as a scout on Nov. 9.

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Lidstrom officially begins new job with Red Wings

Former Detroit Red Wings defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom officially joined the organization as a scout on Nov. 9.


Nicklas Lidstrom enjoying life after retirement

Nicklas Lidstrom spoke recently about his decision to retire from the NHL, and says he doesn't regret doing so.


Retired Defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom To Join Red Wings As A Scout

After walking away from hockey after 20 Hall of Fame-worthy seasons back in May, former Red Wings defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom has already been reeled back in by Detroit's organization after just two months, and will now officially join the team as a scout.

Though Lidstrom's specific role according to the team remains unclear, it's likely that he'll have his choice of whether to remain in Sweden or to return to the United States. Assistant Wings general manager Jim Nill mentioned that he has not talked with Lidstrom about the specifics of his scouting focus as of yet. "We might bring him back here," Nill said. "It depends on the situation. His terms. We wanted to keep him in the organization."

Lidstrom, who spoke with Swedish website aftonbladet.se, did manage to elaborate somewhat on what his scouting position might entail:

The idea is that I should shop around and look at some players that the club has drafted here in Sweden. It becomes a form of talent scouting but I will also go back to the States a few times a year and meet sponsors. Once down there, I will also attend the various events around the team....

Easily one of the most influential and recognizable players in Sweden, Lidstrom is the ideal ambassador for the Wings into the very talented world of both Swedish and European hockey. It was evident that the future Hall of Famer might just stick around for a while after the organization announced he would have a role 'in some capacity' in early June, and this diverse overseas scouting role appears like a great fit for both sides.

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Nicklas Lidstrom Retires From Hockey After 20 Seasons With Red Wings

Detroit Red Wings defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom has called it a career. As speculated on Wednesday, Lidstrom announced during a Thursday morning press conference at Joe Louis Arena that he is retiring from the sport of hockey.

Lidstrom is going out on his own terms and as one of the greatest players in the history of the game. He won four Stanley Cups, seven Norris Trophies and a Conn Smythe Trophy -- all with the Red Wings. He also won a gold medal in the 2006 Winter Olympics for Sweden. He is a surefire Hall of Famer and will without a doubt be the final player to wear the No. 5 jersey for the Red Wings.

Lidstrom's career comes to a close after 1,564 games in the regular season and another 263 more in the playoffs. He recorded 264 goals and 878 assists for a total of 1,142 regular-season points. In the playoffs, he had 54 goals and 129 assists for a total of 183 points. Amazingly, he went to the playoffs in all 20 seasons of his career.

As good as Lidstrom was on the ice, he was even better off of it. He has been a role model throughout his career and is somebody all people -- not just hockey players -- can look up to. There's a reason his nickname is "The Perfect Human," as he exemplified what it meant to be a great player and a great person during his 20 seasons with the Red Wings.

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Red Wings' Nicklas Lidstrom To Make $6.2 Million Next Season

Detroit Red Wings defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom announced on a conference call Monday morning that he is going to return for his 20th season with the team. Lidstrom agreed to a one-year deal, and although the terms of the contract haven't been officially released, it has been reported that Lidstrom will make 6.2 million in 2011-12. That is the same salary Lidstrom had last season.

Explaining how he came to the decision to return, Lidstrom said he wanted to make sure he had the motivation to go through another offseason of training.

"I wanted to make sure I had the motivation and the commitment to work out for next season,'' Lidstrom said today during a conference call. "I wanted to make sure I'm motivated, still able to play at a high level at my age. I have to be motivated to play. You can't just show up and play 15-20 minutes a game.''

It's entirely possible 2011-12 could be Lidstrom's final decision, but he said he won't make a decision until this time next year. If he plays at as high a level as he did last season, it might be tough to walk away, especially if the Red Wings are still contenders for a Stanley Cup.

Either way, the good news is No. 5 will be patrolling the Red Wings' blue line for at least one more season.


Nicklas Lidstrom Signs One-Year Deal To Return For 20th Season, Red Wings Announce 11 A.M. Conference Call

There was a strong indication last week that Lidstrom would return for his 20th season next year. This morning, according to the Detroit Red Wings' official website, Lidstrom and Ken Holland will announce that Lidstrom will in fact be returning:

The Red Wings got their man when legendary defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom told team officials last week that he will return for a 20th NHL season.

Terms of Lidstrom’s one-year contract were not finalized before today when the 41-year-old captain and general manager Ken Holland got together in Las Vegas. 

Before the news popped up on the team's official website, their official Twitter feed announced an 11 a.m. media conference call involving Lidstrom and Holland, suggesting Lidstrom would return -- and, as many astutely pointed out, Lidstrom would never retire over a conference call. 

I wasn't as sure as Sean last week that Babcock was talking purely on what he thought Lidstrom would do rather than what he might've known. The breaking news on the Red Wings' website quotes Babcock as saying he received Lidstrom's decision last Tuesday, around the same time he was quoted as saying, "He's too good. And our team is too good for him to quit," which -- I thought -- was too powerful of a quote from someone left completely in the dark on Lidstrom's inkling.

Obviously, it can't be overstated how great of news this is for the 2011-2012 Red Wings.

Lidstrom will find out this week whether or not he will earn his 7th career Norris Trophy as the league's best defenseman. 

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