At age 41, Nicklas Lidstrom figures he still has the fire to play in the NHL.
The defenceman agreed Monday to a one-year contract to play his 20th season with the Detroit Red Wings.
Lidstrom, an 11-time all-star, had 62 points this past season, his highest total since 2007-08.
Lidstrom said the reason it took him so long to decide to return "was I wanted to make sure I found the motivation and I was ready to commit to the workouts over the summer to be ready for next season."
The Swede is a Norris Trophy finalist as the league's top defenceman for the 11th time -- he has won six times -- and is a four-time Stanley Cup champion.
Signing Lidstrom for next season was key for general manager Ken Holland, with another top Wings defenceman, Brian Rafalski, having retired.