Sunday, May 15, 2011

Lidstrom Returning?

Nicklas Lidstrom sets July 1 deadline

Nicklas Lidstrom insisted he doesn't know whether he's returning to the Detroit Red Wings for a 20th season or retiring at the age of 41.

He has, however, set a deadline to give the Red Wings his decision.

"Before July 1," he said Saturday, two days after the San Jose Sharks eliminated Detroit in Game 7 of the Western Conference semifinal.

Lidstrom's teammates and coaches obviously hope he returns.

"If I was Nick, I'd come back and I'd keep coming back," said Mike Modano, who is leaning toward retirement. "If he gets the Norris, he has a chance at history of catching Bobby Orr."

Lidstrom is a Norris Trophy finalist for the 11th time in 13 seasons. If Lidstrom wins his seventh award in June for being the NHL's top defenseman, he will match Doug Harvey's total and trail Orr's record by only one.

He signed a one-year, $6.2 million deal June 1, 2010, and likely would come back with similar contract terms if he chooses to continue his career.

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