Blackhawks

Blackhawks

Detroit Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom hasn't slowed down at age 41 and Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane is sick of it. "Every year he has one of those years where you're just like... you hope he retires,"the 23-year-old forwardtold mlive.com. "I'm kind of sick of playing against him. He's an unbelievable player." Last season Lidstrom finished a minus-2 but managed to win his seventh Norris Trophy as the NHL's top defenseman. "It's pretty amazing," Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville told mlive.com. "You got to commend him on how he prepares himself, how he conditions himself. You look back over time, the intelligence level of top-end players, Nick's got to be in that elite, elite class. He's just always in the right spot." In 261 games and 3,814 shots on goal in his career, Lidstrom has netted 261 with 870 assists including 25 game-winning goals. As for retiring, Lidstrom won't decide until after the season and according to mlive.com coach Mike Babcock hopes the realignment will convince him to continue to play. "I'm a big believer that's why Mr. Bettman (NHL commissioner Gary) changed the schedule, so Nick wouldn't ahve to travel as far and he'd play longer," Babcock joked. "That's a rumor I started, go ahead and run with it."Do you think it's time for Lidstrom to hang up his skates?