The Malik Report
by George Malik on 05/05/11 at 04:34 PM ET
Just about every indication suggests that Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom has at least one or two seasons left in his spry 41-year-old legs, but Lidstrom did admit to missing his eldest son, Kevin (who moved back to Vasteras, Sweden to play hockey) very much, and as such, DetroitRedWings.com’s Jeff Sanford’s kicking off the annual Nicklas Lidstrom watch with the usual Lidstrom take—regardless of what happens on Friday, Lidstrom will sit down with his family and decide what he’s doing after the season ends:
“It’s tough to answer, I hope not,” said Lidstrom, when asked if Friday would be his final game in an illustrious NHL career, which began in 1991. “I want to continue to play in this playoffs and just keep going with this team.
“I’m going to wait until this season is over and make a decision about what I want to do,” he said. “That’s one thing I haven’t put in my mind yet. I’m so focused on playing right now, so that’s something I want to start thinking about when we’re done playing.”
Lidstrom was optimistic about the team’s future, regardless of whether he will be in the lineup next fall.
“Looking at the lineup we have, and looking at the depth that we have and the core group of guys we have that are in their prime right now, I have no doubt they’re going to be a successful team,” Lidstrom said.
So there, no, “Oh no, they’re not a contender, he’s leaving” stuff. I’ll be crossing my fingers, toes and veins, and whatever else I can cross, about Lidstrom’s hopefully likely decision return, and while I’m guessing that he’ll be back, it’ll be interesting to see whether the Wings attempt to convince Lidstrom to stay in Novi instead of moving back to Sweden when his career does end. Lidstrom’s suggested that he’d like to get involved in coaching youth hockey when his career is over, but he’s at least entertained the possibility of working with the Wings in some capacity.
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