Lidstrom to return next season

Nicklas Lidstrom will play in his 20th NHL season, all with the Red Wings. (QMI Agency/Dave Abel)

Nicklas Lidstrom will play in his 20th NHL season, all with the Red Wings. (QMI Agency/Dave Abel)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:46 PM ET

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.


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