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Mike Babcock: Nicklas Lidstrom not Rethinking Retirement

January 9th, 2013 at 7:41 PM
By Frank Vajcner

Give him credit for trying.

Detroit Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock reached out to retired defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom to ask him if he wanted to come back for the upcoming 48-game season.

Lidstrom told Babcock that he doesn't miss the game "enough to get his equipment on."

Lidstrom retired last May, about a month after the season ended. The Red wings made the playoffs during each of his 20 seasons in Detroit.

Lidstrom, his wife, Annika, and their four sons moved back to Sweden in the summer. Lidstrom will still have a job with the Red Wings in a to be determined capacity. The organization has not yet determined when they will retire his number 5.

If they do decide to retire his number this season, it would not be until March around Easter, when Lidstrom's sons would be on break from school. The more likely option would be to wait until next season and have the ceremony around the time of the 2014 Winter Classic.

Tags: Detroit, Detroit Red Wings, Hockey, Mike Babcock, NHL, Nicklas Lidstrom

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