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.