It's all but official at this point that Detroit Red Wings defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom is going to retire. Already, former teammate Aaron Ward confirmed that Thursday's press conference is for Lidstrom to announce his retirement, and two more reports indicate the same thing.
Source just confirmed to me Nicklas Lidstrom is retiring after 20 seasons in NHL.— Helene St. James (@freepwings) May 30, 2012
Hakan Andersson is the Red Wings' director of European scouting and is from Sweden. Obviously, he would be plugged in to know about Lidstrom's decision, which quickly is making the rounds in the hockey world.
Lidstrom's press conference on Thursday is scheduled for 11 a.m. ET.