Lidstrom's return in question

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--Nicklas Lidstrom is confident in his ability to continue playing at a high level. His health and his age (42 on April 28) are not concerns. He has faith in the organization's ability to maintain a competitive roster, and he is motivated to win another Stanley Cup. Lidstrom, however, is not sure if he still has the drive, after 20 NHL seasons, to train the way he needs to over the summer to be prepared for another long and grinding season. Plus, his family might want to return to his native Sweden. The seven-time Norris Trophy winner as the league's top defenseman will take a few weeks, maybe a month or two, to decided whether to play next season or retire.

--If hockey was the only thing he had to consider, Brad Stuart would return to the Wings. But his situation is more complicated because of family concerns. As a result, it appears the gritty, stay-at-home free agent defenseman will not return. He is expected to sign with a team closer to his home in San Jose. Stuart's family lives in San Jose and is unable to move for personal reasons. It has forced Stuart to commute back and forth during the season, during breaks in the schedule. It has been difficult for him being away from his two sons, ages 4 and 5.

"Everyone in here believed we had a good team, that we could do something this year and we didn't. It is tough, it's frustrating for everyone. Definitely wasn't anything we expected." -- Wings center Henrik Zetterberg.

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