Originally written on The Hockey Guys  |  Last updated 5/31/12

Nicklas Lidstrom retired today after 20 NHL seasons. By Rhys Richards (@RREsq) The moment so many Detroit Red Wings fans have been dreading is finally here. This morning, Detroit Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom held a press conference to announce his retirement after 20 seasons in the NHL. No single player can replace the future first ballot Hall-of-Famer. His retirement leaves a gaping hole on the Red Wing blue line, which will undoubtedly fuel the already feverish rumors of soon-to-be free agents signing in Detroit. With Lidstrom’s departure, Detroit will now have even more cap space to work with Detroit selected Lidstrom 53rd overall in the third round of the 1989 NHL Entry Draft. Lidstrom joined Detroit in the 1991-1992 season when he scored 11 goals and added 49 assists. He finished second to Pavel Bure in Calder Trophy voting for the top rookie. Lidstrom did not slow down after his rookie season as number 5 became the cornerstone for every Red Wings defense corps. ...
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