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.

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

  1. number15 says:

    Now if Lidstrom dosent return, would Detroit be in the market for a go-to-guy on defence?

    I was thinking maybe Tomas Kaberle (Trade)


    if Pittsburgh dosent resign Gonchar (FA)

  2. Kyleton says:

    Signed 1 year for 6 Million

  3. Redwings3019 says:

    2 years, 6 mil for the first, 2-3 for the second. Cap hit is either 3 or 4 mil.

    Than sign Holmstrom to a 3 or 4 year deal with a similar style contract that has the last year(s) with a low number to make the cap hit lower. 4 year that pays 3 – 2.5 – 2 – 1 (something like that). Cap hit would be 2.125.

    If Lidstrom does the 2 year with a 3-4 mil cap hit that makes up for Hudler's contract.

    Let Williams go to free up another 1.5. Resign Bertuzzi for a 2 year 1.5 – 1 (cap of 1.25) This gives room to give Miller, Eaves and Helm a raise so theyll stay in Detroit.

    Detroit already makes contracts like this (Zetterberg/Franzen) that although pay a lot at the start they get lowered near the end to make the cap hit smaller.

  4. Redwings3019 says:

    Never mind, missed the news on the 1 year 6.2 mil contract extention…

    The rest still would work with the projected 2 mil raise to the cap.

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