Lidstrom passes on free agency

Updated: April 4, 2004, 10:15 AM ET
Associated Press

DETROIT -- Nicklas Lidstrom signed a two-year contract extension Saturday with the Detroit Red Wings.

Lidstrom, who turns 34 this month, has won the last three Norris Trophies as the NHL's top defenseman. His current contract, worth $10 million annually, was due to expire after this season.

 Nicklas Lidstrom

But Lidstrom is giving up the chance at free agency to stay with Detroit, his only NHL team in a 13-season career.

"He's one of the best players in the league," Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said. "We're glad he's committed and locked up for two seasons."

Lidstrom wasn't in the lineup on Saturday night against Columbus, Detroit's regular-season finale. The Red Wings have won the Presidents' Trophy, which goes to the team with the NHL's best record.

Lidstrom has 10 goals and 28 assists in 81 games this season.

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