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Nicklas Lidstrom will be a Red Wings scout

Nicklas Lidstrom

Detroit Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom of Sweden announces his retirement during a news conference in Detroit, Thursday, May 31, 2012. Lidstrom retires after a 20-season career. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)


Nicklas Lidstrom’s retirement from the NHL doesn’t have to mean he’s out of hockey completely.

Brendan Savage of hears from Detroit’s assistant GM Jim Nill that Lidstrom will be joining the Red Wings as a scout.

“We haven’t really sat down (and determined) to what extent but he’ll be in the organization and do everything he can to help us out,” Nill said today during the morning session of the Red Wings prospects camp at Centre Ice Arena.

“We might bring him back here. It depends on the situation. His terms. We wanted to keep him in the organization.”

Just picture if you will having Lidstrom filing a scouting report on a defenseman. “Well, he’s not as good as I was so take that into consideration.” Thanks Nick!

Having a guy with the kind of experience Lidstrom has as another set of eyes for talent can’t be a bad thing.