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Lidstrom can't retire, right?

Saturday, 01.29.2011 / 3:08 PM

By Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer / Ready to Raleigh

Detroit captain Nicklas Lidstrom signed a one-year contract this past summer because he wasn't sure how much longer he wanted to play beyond 2011. He's still wishy-washy even though he's having yet another phenomenal season and could be in line for his seventh Norris Trophy.

"You know what, I haven't thought about it yet," Lidstrom said. "That's why I signed a one-year deal last summer because I wanted to see how I feel health-wise and if I'm still motivated to play. That I'll take into account when I sit down and make my decision in the summertime again."

Lidstrom admitted he didn't think he would be playing at the age of 40, but he's not only playing; he's having a huge season.

He has 42 points, just 2 behind Phoenix All-Star defenseman Keith Yandle, who leads all NHL defensemen in scoring.

"I'm honored when people mention me for that award," Lidstrom said of the Norris. "Going into this year I wanted to have a better season than I did last year. Having a few extra weeks off in the summer time helped me get my offseason conditioning going. Just having a few more weeks of workouts helped me have a good year."

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