Nicklas Lidstrom will make decision on his future by end of week

Will Nicklas Lidstrom stay or go? The answer is imminent.

Nick told me he will give me his decision by the end of this week,” Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said Monday.

, who has been with the Wings since 1991, is deciding whether to continue playing or retire from the NHL and move his family back to his native Sweden. Lidstrom had told Holland a decision would be forthcoming well before the July 1 start of free agency, so that if necessary, the Wings can prepare for life without Lidstrom.

It’s hard to think that’s what’s going to happen, however: No one in the front office, and none of his teammates, can conceive of Lidstrom’s leaving. Though he has just turned 40, he is still one of the best in the game. (This spring, NHL colleagues voted him the league’s top shutdown defenseman in a poll conducted by Sports Illustrated.) And he never has had any severe, lingering injuries.