DETROIT -- Even a conversation on a paddleboard with Chris Chelios couldn't change Nick Lidstrom's mind -- it was time to call it a career.
Two of the greatest defensemen in NHL history took some time Wednesday to paddleboard on Orchard Lake. It didn't take long for Chelios to realize that Lidstrom was resolute.
After 30 seconds and looking into Nick's eyes and how kind of distraught (he looked), it looked like he went through a game, I'm sure because of all the thinking he's had to do over the past two weeks and what a tough decision he had to make, so I didn't even have the heart to try to convince him otherwise," Chelios said.
"I know Homer (Tomas Holmstrom) had talked to him. They're best friends. If Homer can't convince him I'm sure not going to.
"Nick's done everything right his whole career, I'm sure he's content and happy with his decision now. It's just a really tough decision, especially when you can play at the level he can still."
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