Lidstrom coming back

Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland confirmed that captain Nicklas Lidstrom will return next season after signing a one-year contract.

“After watching him the last half of the (regular) season and in the playoffs, I believe we have the best two-way defenseman in the world,” Holland said. “He’s excited to come back and we’re excited to have him back.”

Terms of the deal were not disclosed by Holland, but the Wings’ GM said his salary is less than what he made last season. Lidstrom made $7.45 million a year ago.

“He has given us extra salary cap space,” Holland said.

According to numerous reports Lidstrom’s salary will be slightly more than the $6 million his defense partner, Brian Rafalski, makes.

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