Lidstrom Press Conference Set for May 31.

Lidstrom retiring?

Various sources report the Detroit Red Wings have announced a press conference for Thursday, May 31, at 11 pm ET, at which Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom will announce his decision about his future plans. GM Ken Holland will also appear with Lidstrom.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: George Malik at Kukla’s Korner is following this story. While there’s been no definitive word what Lidstrom’s intentions are, media consensus suggests he’ll officially announce his retirement.

**UPDATE** May 31, 2012: It’s official, Lidstrom has announced his retirement after twenty NHL seasons. I’ll have a look back at Lidstrom’s career as well as my views on where he ranks among the all-time great defensemen in tomorrow’s (June 1) Soapbox update.


  1. Nicklas Lindstrom has had a great career, Lidstrom has 4 Stanley Cup championships, 7 Norris trophies, a Conn Smythe trophy, and an Olympic gold medal.

    If Lidstrom is capable of playing longer, and is still wanted by the Red Wings, then he may consider another year. If Lidstrom is content with doing everything he wanted to in his career, it will be great to see him leave with his head high excited about the next chapter in his life.

    The reality is the Red Wings is reloading with younger players. Verteran players are seeing their opportunity to hoist the Stanley Cup dwindle. It may be time for the young Wings to take flight and win the Stanley Cup.

  2. Nicklas Lindstrom has had a great career, Lidstrom has 4 Stanley Cup championships.With the same team, a rarety in today’s NHL.

    If you asked Scotty Bowman the following question : Who are the two defensemen you enjoyed coaching, the names of Robinson and Lidstrom would mostly likely come out of his mouth.

    • “Nicklas Lindstrom has had a great career, Lidstrom has 4 Stanley Cup championships.”

      “With the same team, a rarety in today’s NHL.”

      That rarity may occur again if the Devils defeat the Kings in the Stanley Cup finals. Martin Brodeur would hoist the Cup for the fourth time. (Former teammate Scott Niedermeyer won 4 Cups, 3 with the Devils and 1 with the Ducks.)