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by George Malik on 02/13/13 at 02:46 PM ET
Former Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom will attend 97.1 FM's SportsFest alongside Tomas Holmstrom this Saturday, and in the interim, Lidstrom has returned to Detroit to meet with the Red Wings' brass as the two parties attempt to define Lidstrom's post-hockey role with the team as a part-time Swedish scout, an ambassador of sorts, a draw for sponsors and, most likely, an at-large member of the Wings' braintrust regarding moves made at the trade deadline, the draft and in free agency...
When he's not letting the front office, Mike Babcock, the Wings' current players or new captain Henrik Zetterberg pick his brain, he's probably going to catch up with best pal Tomas Holmstrom and his old neighbors from Novi, and the Free Press's Helene St. James reports that Lidstrom will attend both tonight's game between the Wings and Blues and Friday night's game against Anaheim:
"I believe, tonight, he's in the box with me, and Friday, he's in the owner's box," general manager Ken Holland said.
Could seeing fellow 42-year-old Teemu Selanne play Friday possibly persuade Lidstrom to come back, especially given how badly the Wings need help on defense? Don't bet on it. Earlier this season, Lidstrom told the Free Press he's very happy with his decision to retire last summer, after 20 seasons with the Wings.
He won four Stanley Cups, seven Norris trophies, and established a legacy as one of the best defensemen to ever play hockey. He and his family now reside in their native Sweden.
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