The Detroit Red Wings and their fans couldn’t quite keep Nick Lidstrom in uniform, but they have managed to keep him in the organization, but in a less prevalent role. Despite announcing his retirement last month, Lidstrom will stay on with the Red Wings by serving as a scout, most likely in Europe.
If Lidstrom can scout players half as well as he can produce them on the ice, the Red Wings will be in luck. “We haven’t really sat down [and determined] to what extent, but he’ll be in the organization and do everything he can to help us out,” said Red Wings Assistant General Manager Jim Nill. “We might bring him back here. It depends on the situation. His terms. We wanted to keep him in the organization.”
In his 20-year tenure with Detroit, Lidstrom won seven Norris Trophies, four Stanley Cups, and made the playoffs in every single National Hockey League season he participated in. One can only speculate at this point, but I would expect Lidstrom to scout in his home country of Sweden.
Lidstrom’s love for the Red Wings organization, fans, and the city of Detroit has been evident all along. “I never even wanted to leave Detroit,” Lidstrom said. “I always believed in this team, and this organization and what they would do to win another Stanley Cup.”
He will be doing less passing, shooting, and skating, and more watching the season, but an organization with Nicklas Lidstrom involved, is infinitely better than an organization without him.