Nicklas Lidstrom announced his retirement from the NHL in May, and he seems to be adjusting to life after his playing career without too much difficulty. He spoke with ESPN from his home in Sweden recently, and sounded like a man enjoying his retirement after 20 years in the NHL.
Lidstrom says he hasn't been second guessing his decision to retire, although he's admitted that it may have been more difficult for him if the preseason had gotten underway on time, via ESPN:
"It might have been different, I guess, if I’d be turning on the TV and they’d be showing highlights of the preseason with the regular season just about to start. Obviously that hasn’t happened yet. But I was pretty content and very happy with my decision in late May when I made it. Lockout or no lockout, I had made up my mind that I was going to retire."
The former captain has taken a front office job with the Red Wings, which could include scouting, player development, and some involvement in other various events for the Red Wings. Lidstrom spoke to ESPN about what his new position will entail:
"Kenny left it open for me. It’s like what they did with Stevie, Chelly and Drapes, the same format for me to just kind of feel my way around."
Lidstrom has also started coaching, assisting with his 12 year old son's team. He's not planning to do any coaching at a higher level at the moment though, as he realizes that involves a considerable amount of time: