Nicklas Lidstrom

Detroit Red Wings Nicklas Lidstrom announced his retirement during a news conference in Detroit, Thursday, May 31, 2012.

Detroit Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom of Sweden announces his retirement during a news conference in Detroit, Thursday, May 31, 2012. Lidstrom retires after a 20-season career. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Detroit Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom of Sweden announces his retirement during a news conference in Detroit, Thursday, May 31, 2012. Lidstrom retires after a 20-season career. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Detroit Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom of Sweden is interviewed after announcing his retirement in Detroit, Thursday, May 31, 2012. Lidstrom retires after a 20-season career. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Detroit Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom of Sweden is interviewed after announcing his retirement in Detroit, Thursday, May 31, 2012. Lidstrom retires after a 20-season career. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

San Jose Sharks v Detroit Red Wings

DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 28: Nicklas Lidstrom #5 of the Detroit Red Wings tries to get around the stick of Patrick Marleau #12 of the San Jose Sharks at Joe Louis Arena on October 28, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Edmonton Oilers v Detroit Red Wings

DETROIT, MI - NOVEMBER 11: Ryan Smyth #94 of the Edmonton Oilers carries the puck as he is checked by Nicklas Lidstrom #5 of the Detroit Red Wings during their NHL game at Joe Louis Arena November 11, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Dave Sandford/Getty Images)

Detroit Red Wings defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom celebrates his team's second goal against the Carolina Hurricanes in the third period of game 2 of the Stanley Cup finals in Detroit, Thursday, June 6, 2002. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Olympic bound Detroit Red Wings stand with their children and teammates' children before the start of the hockey game against the Colorado Avalance in Detroit, Sunday, Feb. 12, 2006. From left are Chris Chelios and Tara Chelios representing the United States; Henrik Zetterberg and Michael Babcock representing Sweden; Mathieu Schneider and Matt Schneider representing the United States; Mikael Samuelsson and Kevin Lidstrom representing Sweden; Nicklas Lidstrom and Samuel Lidstrom representing Sweden; Tomas Holmstrom and Adam Lidstrom representing Sweden; Pavel Datsyuk and Igor Larionov representing Russia; Robert Lang and Kelly Lang representing the Czech Republic and Kris Draper and Jack Sanko representing Canada. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Detroit Red Wings defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom (5), of Sweden, is congratulated by right wing Daniel Cleary (11) after scoring against the San Jose Sharks in the first period of Game 3 of their second-round NHL hockey playoff series in San Jose, Calif., Monday, April 30, 2007. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

Detroit Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom, of Sweden, holds the Stanley Cup trophy during the teams championship banner-raising prior to their NHL hockey season-opener against the Toronto Maple Leafs in Detroit, Thursday, Oct. 9, 2008. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Detroit Red Wings defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom, left, of Sweden, defends as Pittsburgh Penguins forward Sidney Crosby, center, beginst to celebrate his goal against Red Wings goalie Chris Osgood, lower right, during the first period in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup hockey finals in Pittsburgh, Wednesday, May 28, 2008.(AP Photo/Bruce Bennett, pool)

Detroit Red Wings defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom, of Sweden, celebrates scoring the winning goal in overtime against the Calgary Flames in an NHL hockey game in Detroit, Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2008. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

President Bush, right, holds up a jersey with players, Nicklas Lidstrom, from Sweden, left, and Chris Chelios, center, while on stage during a ceremony honoring the 2008 NHL Stanley Cup Hockey Champions the Detroit Red Wings in the East Room of the White House, Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2008 in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Detroit Red Wings Nicklas Lidstrom (5), Johan Franzen (93), and Tomas Holmstrom (96) all of Sweden skate against the Calgary Flames in the second period of an NHL hockey game in Detroit, Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2008.(AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Detroit Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom throws out a ceremonial first pitch before the Detroit Tigers baseball game against the New York Yankees Thursday, May 13, 2010, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)

Detroit Red Wings defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom (5) looks onduring in the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Vancouver Canucks in Detroit, Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2010. Detroit defeated Vancouver 5-4 in overtime. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski)

Detroit Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom, of Sweden, paddle boards the Detroit River in Detroit, Thursday, June 2, 2011. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Detroit Red Wings defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom, shown Nov. 2, 1997 might be the best defenseman in the NHL but in a year, he could be the best defenseman in Sweden, a concession that Lidstrom may be willing to make for his family. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Detroit Red Wings Brendan Shanahan, center, is congratulated by teammates Nicklas Lidstrom (5) and Martin Lapointe (20) as Philadelphia Flyers Garth Snow skates away in the third period of Game 2 of the Stanley Cup finals, Tuesday, June 3, 1997, in Philadelphia. The Red Wings defeated the Flyers 4-2 to take a 2-0 lead in the series. (AP Photo/Rusty Kennedy)