Lidstrom declines assistant coach job with Red Wings

Detroit Red Wings' Nicklas Lidstrom celebrates after scoring against the Los Angeles Kings during...

Detroit Red Wings' Nicklas Lidstrom celebrates after scoring against the Los Angeles Kings during the first period of their NHL game February 28, 2011. (REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson)

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Citing family reasons, Nicklas Lidstrom won't be joining the Detroit Red Wings' coaching staff anytime soon.

Wings bench boss Mike Babcock reached out to the legendary defenceman in June, asking if he'd like to try his hand at coaching, but the offer was respectfully declined.

"It's true that he called and asked if I was interested in taking one of the spots as an assistant coach for the upcoming season," Lidstrom told Sweden's Sport Expressen over the weekend. "I was very proud of the offer, it was really flattering."

The 44-year-old former Wings captain said his family is settled in Sweden right now and they're not ready to make the jump back to North America.

However, Lidstrom didn't dismiss a return altogether.

"You should never say never," he said. "We'll see how we feel when we've been home for a few more years."

Lidstrom, who retired in 2012 after 20 NHL seasons, is a seven-time Norris Trophy winner. He also has four Stanley Cup rings and competed in nearly 2,000 NHL games -- all in a Detroit uniform.


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