Lidstrom's teammates and coaches say they hope he comes back.
The six-time Norris Trophy winning defenseman was in the team's photo Saturday, two days after the San Jose Sharks eliminated Detroit in Game 7 of their Western Conference semifinal.
Mike Modano says he's leaning toward retirement. The 40-year-old Modano, who leads U.S.-born NHL players in goals and points, says maybe he's been grasping at something that isn't there by extending his career the past couple of years.
We've got to find a way to win a game. He's played well in the minors, now he gets his opportunity. We tried [with Jonathan Bernier]. The way I look at it, you get opportunities and you make the most of it. That's what [James Reimer] did. Now another opportunity is here and Sparks ... you gotta grab it. Is he ready? We'll find out.
— Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock to the Toronto Star on recalling goalie Garret Sparks from the AHL to start Monday in his NHL debut