Nicklas Lidstrom sets July 1 deadline

Updated: May 14, 2011, 3:28 PM ET
Associated Press

DETROIT -- Nicklas Lidstrom insisted he doesn't know whether he's returning to the Detroit Red Wings for a 20th season or retiring at the age of 41.

He has, however, set a deadline to give the Red Wings his decision.

"Before July 1," he said Saturday, two days after the San Jose Sharks eliminated Detroit in Game 7 of the Western Conference semifinal.

Lidstrom's teammates and coaches obviously hope he returns.

"If I was Nick, I'd come back and I'd keep coming back," said ...

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