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Babcock would be “shocked” if Lidstrom retired

Apr 20, 2012, 5:29 PM EDT

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A Nashville win tonight at Bridgestone Arena could mark the last time hockey fans get to see Nicklas Lidstrom in a Red Wings uniform.

That said, try not to panic too much Wings fans – because if it is, Detroit coach Mike Babcock would be “shocked.”

“I’ve been hearing that same story [about Lidstrom retiring] for about five years now,” Babcock said yesterday, as per the Detroit Free Press. “I haven’t thought much about Nick. I’d be shocked if he retires, but I’ve been shocked before.”

Lidstrom is the oldest player in the NHL. He’ll turn 42 on Apr. 28. However, unlike most athletes of his age, he’s still got it. Which is to say, one of the greatest defenseman in hockey history still plays like one of the greatest defenseman in hockey history.

Whenever the Wings finish the playoffs, don’t expect to hear Lidstrom announce his plans right after. Once the season is over, he’ll take some time to clear his mind, talk things over with his wife, then make a decision.

  1. kwells44 - Apr 20, 2012 at 5:40 PM

    Hopefully, he fully it really is a bone bruise that is bothering him and not something that will turn him into the greatest 5th defenseman in hockey history, like what happened when Stevie Y became arguably the greatest 3rd line center in hockey history.

    • kwells44 - Apr 20, 2012 at 5:41 PM

      Sorry, delete ‘he fully’.

  2. thehighcountrybear - Apr 20, 2012 at 6:21 PM

    Kwells44: do up your fly, your trolling comes across as obvious drivel…

    • hockinj25 - Apr 20, 2012 at 7:04 PM

      I don’t think he was trolling. Lidstrom’s injury has limited him to 5th defenseman minutes. He hasn’t played on the PK the entire series. Its similar to how Yzerman was limited by injuries in his final season and was forced to play 3rd line.

  3. bloggersarenotjournalists - Apr 20, 2012 at 8:56 PM

    Nick and his wife will sit down and decide what the family plan is like they do every year. Fact is, if Annika says she wants him home, he is done.

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