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Nicklas Lidstrom didn’t just turn the Red Wings’ comeback offer down…HV71 asked him to return, too

According to Aftonbladet's Stefan Holm and Johannes Hagglund, HV71 Jonkoping coach Ulf Dahlen asked former Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom whether he'd be interested in making an abbreviated comeback in the Swedish Eliteserien. HV71's assistant coach, Thomas Ljungbergh, made a sales pitch to Lidstrom after HV suffered a slate of injuries to their best defensemen, but Lidstrom turned them down, just as he (theoretically) turned down the Wings when they asked him if he'd be willing to return for the 2013 season.

What follows is roughly translated from Swedish:

"He's the best defenseman. Every team would want him. Had we'd gotten him, we would have been thrilled, but he said he didn't have the hunger," said Ljungbergh.

For Lidstrom, it was never realistic to consider a comeback.

"I miss the driving force [necessary to play], and said that it's going really well in terms of what I'm doing now," he said.

Nicklas Lidstrom's going to be a World Championship ambassador, and is coaching one of the boys' teams for Vasteras IK, where his son Samuel plays. He's also been busy with building a house that will be ready in a few weeks.

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