Nicklas Lidstrom retirement talk begins 

April, 20, 2012

Nicklas LidstromGregory Shamus/Getty ImagesWith the Wings facing elimination, discussion has begun concerning Nicklas Lidstrom's future.
NASHVILLE -- It was about as ideal a finish to an athletic career as anyone could dream up. Last spring, Bruins forward Mark Recchi raised the Stanley Cup in British Columbia, the province where he started playing hockey. He got to leave the game on his own terms, officially announcing his retirement just moments after he passed the Cup to a teammate.

"I couldn't ask for anything more, really," Recchi said after Boston's Game 7 win in Vancouver, with his teammates celebrating around him on the ice with their friends and family. "I'm going to ride off into the sunset and enjoy myself."