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by George Malik on 06/09/11 at 02:40 PM ET
Updated 4x at 2:30 PM with more of Lidstrom’s comments: Per the Red Wings’ Twitter account:
Nick Lidstrom will join ‘The Jungle’ with Jim Rome at 1:00 P.M. (40 minutes) You can listen to the interview here: http://bit.ly/lsNaHf
That link goes to Jim Rome’s website and a pay-to-listen media player, but WDFN AM 1130 simulcasts the Jim Rome show, and you can listen to it via their Flash player. I doubt that Nick will say anything about his future, but it’s worth a listen.
Update: Nick’s asked if he’s decided yet and he says no, he’s spoken to Ken Holland and that he could wait till July 1st to make up his mind, and he’s going to take his time and consider what he wants to do, he’s still healthy but he’s got to figure out whether he’s committed to off-season training and for him it’s about finding the motivation to take part in off-season training and prepare for another year. It’s a little bit harder as you get older because you have to train harder to stay at the level you want to be at and he has to train harder to be at the level he wants to be at.
• The Hockey News’s Ryan Dixon reports that pint-sized U.S. National Team Development Forward Rocco Grimaldi is a big Wings fan;
• And I’ve been checking the international press to no avail, save this: Expessen’s Victor Melander and Henrik Sjoberg claim that Dick Axelsson signed with Modo Ornskoldsvik because he was promised a spot on the team’s first power play unit, not more money than he could have earned elsewhere (of course it was the money), and are you raising an eyebrow about the news that the Rangers may buy out Wojtek Wolski?
Update #3: Per the Detroit Free Press’s George Sipple:
Detroit Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom appeared on Jim Rome’s radio show this afternoon and said he’s still deciding whether to retire. Lidstrom said general manager Ken Holland told him he could wait until July 1—the start of free agency—to make up his mind.
The 41-year-old sounded like he he wasn’t going to make the decision any time soon.
“I’m going to take my time and really consider what I’m going to do,” Lidstrom said. “I’m still healthy but, to me, it’s more motivation.”
If he decides to return, it would necessitate a summer of off-season conditioning to prepare for another long season.
“For me, it’s just finding that motivation to go through that off-season training and get ready for another year,” Lidstrom said.
“I’m going to take my time and really consider what I want to do,” said Lidstrom, 41, a finalist for the Norris Trophy (best defenseman), Lady Byng Trophy (sportsmanship) and Mark Messier Leadership Award.
Wings general manager Ken Holland told Lidstrom he needs a decision by July 1, which marks the start of unrestricted free agency. Motivation is a key issue for Lidstrom.
“It’s more motivation, committing to the offseason training,” Lidstrom said. “It’s very hard to get ready for a long year, and then you have the long season in itself.”
Lidstrom said as athletes get older, dedication to an offseason training program becomes more difficult.
“It is a little bit harder as you get older,” Lidstrom said. “You have to train even harder to stay at that level where you want to be. For myself, I have to train even harder to reach where I want to be able play at.”
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