Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 04/22/10 at 02:07 AM ET
from James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail,
Rumours of retirement are being whispered in the halls of Joe Louis Arena, what with the Detroit Red Wings captain turning 40 next Wednesday – just a day after a potential Game 7 in Phoenix, should the series go the distance.
With Lidstrom’s contract expiring this summer and the series tied 2-2, his final NHL appearance could even come this weekend if Phoenix takes the next two games.
Not that anyone’s betting on it.
“It’s going to come sooner or later,” Lidstrom said, chuckling at all the attention his milestone birthday is getting of late. “I’m getting up there in age, people are watching me closely and think something’s going to happen, but … nothing’s really changed. I know what I have to do. I feel the same out there.”
He also, incredibly, still looks very much like the same player – even 19 years on in a career regarded as one of the best in history for a blueliner.
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